Tibet, seated Maitreya (13)

Late 14th century (circa 1400), Tibet, Maitreya, copper alloy with stone inlay, cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Koller.

Maitreya is seated on a throne supported by lions, framed by a flaming arch, his feet on a large lotus fastened to the pedestal, The lotus to his left supports a ritual water pot, the other supports an object resembling a flower, probably meant to be a wheel of dharma.

Late 15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This one holds the stem of unusual four-petal lotuses, the one to his left supporting a water pot (kundika).

15th-16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy and turquoise, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This is rare sculpture of Maitreya with Vaishravana as an attendant.

The bodhisattva does the gesture of turning the wheel of dharma while holding the stem of lotuses, one of them supporting a kundika.

The lokapala is seated on a lion, dressed in Mongolian armour and holding his jewel-spitting mongoose in one hand and an umbrella in the other.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Moke Mokotoff, published on http://www.alaintruong.com

A singular Maitreya, with a shawl over his shoulders and a lower garment worn like a skirt. He sits on a cloth over a lotus supported by a throne, his feet resting on a smaller lotus, both with a single row of upward petals.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Koller.

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