Maitreya in his bodhisattva appearance, his right hand doing a fear-allaying gesture, the other holding a pot of water over his left knee, has an elegant silhouette with an elongated torso and long limbs. He is seated with one leg pendant, which is unusual for him.
This bodhisattva wears the same jewellery as a Swat Valley Avalokiteshvara at the Fondation Alain Bordier dated 7th century, also made of brass with silver-inlaid eyes and copper-inlaid lips, but the shape of his crown is different and unusual for the area. Another singular feature is the water pot with a spout, often seen on Tibetan sculptures.
This figure, possibly Vajrapani, holds a large vajra in his left hand and does the gesture of generosity with the right hand. He is seated on a lotus base with broad flat petals unusual for the area but we saw one Swat Valley Avalokiteshvara dated 7th-8th century seated on just the same type of base.
He has Central Asian facial features, a large effigy of Amitabha in his headdress, concentric rows of curls and long strands of hair ending in large curls over his shoulders, reminiscent of a dark bronze Avalokiteshvara published in a previous post (see below).