Tibet, seated Maitreya (20)

14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni (or Maitreya), gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Nagel .

This may be Shakyamuni but such sculptures are usually understood to represent Maitreya as the buddha of the future. This singular work depicts a buddha doing the ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ gesture and holding a wheel or disc at the same time. He is seated with both legs pendent, his feet placed on a lotus, on a cushion decorated with visvajras, atop a stepped throne with legs shaped like inverted lotus buds and a back plate incised with scrolls. He wears a monastic robe with a stippled lotus print and a broad boarder with beaded seams, his plain lower garment showing underneath, especially over the legs.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Buddha, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo on Tajan

A similar image without the wheel or disc between his hands.

14th-15th century possibly, Tibet or Nepal, Maitreya, gilt bronze with stones and pearl inlay, private collection, photo on skinnerinc.

Maitreya in his bodhisattva appearance, seated in the same manner, his hands doing the ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ gesture, the left one holding the stem of a blue lotus topped with a ritual water pot (kundika), his chignon topped with a stupa.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, bronze with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Lempertz, sale 1146 lot 313.

Seated with his legs locked, his right hand dispelling fear, the other cupped in the meditation gesture, a combination often used to depict him either as a buddha or as a bodhisattva. There is a small water pot on the flower to his left and a stupa finial on his chignon.

18th century, Tibet, Maitreya, wood with cold gold and red lacquer, private collection, photo on Christie’s .

Tibet, seated Maitreya – with legs pendent (3)

12th century, Tibet, Maitreya, bronze (brass, traces of cold gold on the skin), private collection, photo on Apsarah 

Maitreya is depicted as the future buddha, his hands ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘, his legs pendent, the feet placed on a single lotus fastened to the plinth. When seated this way he may hold a champaka flower or a branch from a champaka/naga tree.

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt bronze with turquoise, private collection, photo on Beaussant-Lefèvre   .The corners of this throne are decorated with diamond symbols inlaid with turquoise.

16th century, (Tibeto-Chinese?), Maitreya, copper with turquoise and coral inlay, private collection, photo on Ethereal.

Maitreya’s garments and his throne are decorated with various stippled and incised motifs. His feet rest on a projecting platform embellished with large turquoise-inlaid flowers at the front.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, bronze with cold gold and turquoise, private collection, photo on Art d’Asie, Christie’s.

Some wheels of dharma incised at the front of this throne are showing on each side of the voluminous folds of Maitreya’s garments. The platform below is decorated with a chased rice-grain and floral pattern and the plinth has a lotus bud in each corner.

16th-17th c., Tibet, Maitreya, gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Sotheby’s

Maitreya in his bodhisattva appearance, holding the stem of flowers that support a wheel (to his right) and a ritual water pot (to his left). He wears Chinese-style accessories including delicate beaded necklaces, large wheel and floral pendant earrings, matching armbands and bracelets.

Circa 16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, copper alloy with cold gold and turquoise, photo on Millon.

Maitreya with a stupa finial on his chignon and a ritual pot on the blue lotus to his left.

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12th-13th century, Tibet or Nepal, Maitreya, brass with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo on VAN HAM

Maitreya, holding a water pot in the palm of his left hand and the stem of a blue lotus in the other, his eyes inlaid with silver, the festoons of his belt, his armlets and sacred cord made of silver beading, his lips inlaid with copper. His stupa-shaped chignon is topped with a lotus bud finial.

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, bronze with silver, copper and stone inlay, private collection, photo on Hardt

Probably made in a Tsang province atelier, this sculpture depicts him seated in the vajra position, his hands turning the wheel of dharma symbolically and holding the stem of lotuses, one of them supporting a ritual water pot.  He has a stupa in his headdress.

His eyes are inlaid with silver and copper, his jewellery with lapis lazuli and turquoise cabochons.

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper with stone inlay, private collection?, photo on GG-ART

16th-17th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt bronze with cold gold, stones and pigment, private collection, photo by Van Ham as before, sale 17th December 2017.

With no stupa or kundika, Maitreya is identified by the position of his hands.

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy with stone and glass inlay, private collection, photo by Koller, sale A189AS.

Seated with his legs pendent, the feet placed on a lotus attached to the throne.

 

Tibet, Maitreya – seated (19)

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, brass (with cold gold and pigments), at the Zhol village museum in Lhasa (Tibet), photo by Petra Mueller on WHAV.

Maitreya in his bodhisattva appearance, seated with his legs locked, his right hand holding a flower and doing the gesture of debate/teaching, the other hand holding the stem of a lotus that supports a ritual water pot (kundika).

15th-16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, bronze with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, photo on Nagel

The ashoka tree branch on the lotus placed to his right is another attribute associated with this bodhisattva.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt metal with stone inlay, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa (Tibet), published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

On this Nepalese-style work the ritual pot is placed on the lotus to his right and he does the ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ gesture with his hands. The lower rim of the base is decorated with a chased motif.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt metal, at the Newark Museum (USA).

One of a series of works depicting Maitreya seated with a leg pendent, doing the same gesture with his hands, his matted hair piled into a chignon topped with a finial, a stupa at the front instead of a crown.

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt metal, private collection, photo on HAR

Seated in the ‘European fashion’, his hands as before but further apart, a dharma wheel, another of his attributes, decorating the front of his crown.

Tibet, seated Maitreya – with legs pendent(2)

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper (and turquoise inlay), private collection, photo on Sotheby’s

Maitreya in his bodhisattva appearance, seated with both legs pendent on a throne supported by lions and decorated with flaming jewels, his hands ‘turning the wheel of the law’, his feet resting on lotuses stemming from the base.

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy with turquoise and lapis lazuli, private collection, photo by Andrew Lau on Hollywood Galleries

The same, holding the stem of blue lotuses that support his ritual water pot (kundika) on his left and a stupa on his right.

18th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo on Cambiaste

An interesting variant with a wheel on the lotus to his right and a kundika on the other side, his chignon topped with a crescent moon, sun disc and dissolution point symbol.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, bronze, private collection, photo by Nagel, auction 736 China 3.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Nagel

As buddha of the future, his feet placed on a lotus base before the throne, dressed in a silk garment that covers both shoulders.

Undated, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt metal with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources, item 2706.

Tibet, seated Maitreya (18)

14th-15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Kapoor Galleries

Maitreya seated with his legs locked, his hands doing the teaching and the meditation gesture, the lotus to his right supporting a ritual water pot (kundika)

15th century (Tibet), Maitreya, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Polyauction https://www.polyauction.com.hk.

The kundika is normally on the lotus to his left, as above.

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, bronze (copper alloy) with silver and turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Nagel.

Maitreya, with a stupa finial on his head, his hands setting the wheel of dharma into motion and holding the stem of an open lotus supporting a water pot on his left and another lotus topped with a round jewel on his right. We can see Kirtimukha at the front of his crown. His eyes are inlaid with silver and his urna with turquoise. The throne is decorated with elephants and an upright vajra, associated with Akshobhya.

16th century, Central Tibet, Tsang province, gilt bronze with silver and copper inlaid eyes, part of a set of eight bodhisattvas, private collection, photo on Christie’s

The above has a stupa in his headdress. His attributes, a ritual water pot and possibly an ashoka tree branch, appear to be on a flaming jewel.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo on Koller

When seated in the vajra position and flanked by lotuses, the one on the right often holds the branch of an ashoka tree as above.

16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Bonhams

Maitreya with blue lotuses, one of them supporting a tiny water pot.

16th century, Tibet or Nepal, Maitreya (labelled Avalokiteshvara), bronze, private collection, photo by Cambiaste

Seated at royal ease, flanked by blue lotuses, a stupa in his headdress.

18th c., Tibet, Maitreya, c.a.+cold g.+pig., 16,8 cm, kundika, Pala revival, auction 1044 Lempertz

18th century, Tibet, Maitreya, copper alloy with cold gold and pigment, gold and silver inlay, private collection, photo on Lempertz

An eye-catching Pala-revival work depicting Maitreya without any jewellery, his matted hair piled in a chignon adorned with miniature stupas, dressed in a long dhoti with gold and silver inlaid dots.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt bronze with stones and enamel, at the Dallas Museum of Art (USA).

Tibet, Maitreya – various postures (2)

13th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo on Cambiaste

Maitreya in his buddha appearance, seated with both legs pendent, his feet resting on a lotus placed before the throne, his hands ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘.

14th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy with turquoise and glass replacement cabochons, private collection, photo on Bonhams

In his bodhisattva appearance, doing a variant of the hand gesture.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper with turquoise and glass replacement cabochons, private collection, photo on Koller

From around the 15th century he often sits with his legs apart, and sometimes bent .

13th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo on Bonhams

On rare occasions he sits at royal ease with the left leg pendent, his foot supported by a lotus attached to the rim of the lotus base.

The flower to his left supports a ritual water pot (kundika), one of his main attributes.

14th century, Tibet, Maitreya, copper alloy with traces of gilding, private collection, photo on Koller

In textual sources, when he sits at royal ease his right leg is pendent. The above does the teaching gesture with his right hand and holds the stem of a lotus that supports a ritual vase (kalash), an unusual attribute for him.

15th-16th c., Tibet, Maitreya, brass+cop. inlay, lotus with kundika, MC Daffos, aaoarts.com

15th-16th century, Tibet, Maitreya, brass with copper inlay, private collection, photo by Marie-Catherine Daffos for aaoarts

A rare portrait of Maitreya seated in a relaxed manner with a meditation belt holding his right leg into position. There is a minute kundika in the lotus to his left. The (broken) flower to his right may have held an ashoka tree branch. We will note the hair style and the absence of jewellery.

14th century, Tibet, Maitreya, bronze with paint, at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (Russia).

A Nepalese-style Maitreya seated with his legs locked (vajra position), his left hand doing the teaching gesture, his right hand expressing supreme generosity and displaying a small ritual water pot.

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt metal with pigments, private collection, attributed to the Sonam Gyaltsen atelier, photo on  HAR

In his buddha appearance, unusually flanked by lotuses that support the ritual water pot to his left and a stupa, his specific attribute, to his right.

15th century, Tibet, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy with turquoise, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Standing, his right hand displaying supreme generosity, the left hand doing the teaching gesture, his blue lotus supporting a kundika.

11th-12th century, Tibet, Maitreya (labelled ‘Padmapani’), bronze with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo on Cambiaste

The stupa at the top of the flaming arch and the water pot on the lotus to his right identify this figure as Maitreya, who doesn’t normally do the gesture to bestow refuge with his right hand (tip of ring finger pressing tip of thumb). The lotus to his left may have supported a wheel.