Pala India, Maitreya – standing

11th-12th century, India, Maitreya, brass, private collection, photo by Koller.

11th-12th century, India, Maitreya, brass, private collection, photo by Koller.

Maitreya is identified thanks to the stupa in his headdress. The rigid legs, the style of the double lotus base, the tall chignon,  and the body proportions are all typical of early Pala Indian works. He stands on a small lotus base over a square plinth, his right hand extended in the gesture of supreme generosity, the other holding the root of a lotus (or other type of flower perhaps).

11th-12th century, Northern India, Pala Sena style, Maitreya, copper alloy with copper, silver and stone inlay, is or was at the Potala, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

11th-12th century, Northern India, Pala Sena style, Maitreya, copper alloy with copper, silver and stone inlay, is or was at the Potala, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This Maitreya is identified through the gold-painted water pot supported by the flower to his left. The face, crown, finial and earrings have also been painted with cold cold, the hair dyed with lapis lazuli powder, as a result of it being worshipped in Tibet. He is adorned with a richly sculpted five-leaf crown with large bows and upward flying ribbons, stone-inlaid jewellery and a belt with a double thunderbolt design. He wears a thin celestial scarf, a sacred thread and a long dhoti made of richly decorated bands of fabric.

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Each strip is richly incised and every other strip is inlaid with silver and copper lozenges and medallions with flowers and animals (this technique was sometimes simplified, especially during the Pala revival period in Tibet, with just plain silver and copper medallions).

 

 

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