Tibet, Maitreya – buddha of the future (2)

7th century, Tibet, Maitreya, wood, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Maitreya, in his buddha appearance, holding a ritual water pot in his left hand at shoulder level, a rosary in his right hand.

13th century, Tibet, Maitreya, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

We see him here with unusually big snail-like hair curls, holding a minute water pot between his right thumb and forefinger. The left hand is raised in the fear-allaying gesture and displays a geometrical motif. His outer robe has a broad hem decorated with piping, the folds elegantly gathered under his ankles.

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper, private collection, published on http://www.en-seercn.com.

Only the absence of dharma wheels on the sole of his feet differentiates this sturdy figure from Shakyamuni, the historical buddha.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, dark copper alloy with cold gold, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

Seated on a throne covered with a cloth, both legs pendants, he holds the stem of  lotuses that support a stupa and a kundika.

17th century, same as before, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Christie’s.

No stupa, only a tiny water pot, on the lotus to his left.

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