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A Standing Gilt-Bronze Figure of Maitreya, 18th Century

A Standing Gilt-Bronze Figure of Maitreya, 18th Century

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A Standing Gilt-Bronze Figure of Maitreya
Age: 18th Century

Very nicely gilt bronze figure of Maitreya, standing with hands in vitarkamudra, the right hand raised to the chest, the left hand at one side, clad in dhoti and overskirt with incised hems, adorned with jewelry and fluttering scarves, the serene face framed by a jeweled tiara and ribbons, flanked by lotus blossoms supporting a wheel and water flask. Original base with wood stand.

Maitreya is a bodhisattva who will return to earth as a messianic Buddha in the future. He is regarded as the successor of Shakyamuni and will come back to earth in an age when Buddha's teachings have been completely forgotten, and reintroduce Buddha's true teachings to the world once more. Figures such as the present lot would have been part of a set of nine, depicting the Eight Great Bodhisattvas with either Shakyamuni or Amitabha Buddha in the middle. For an example of a set of eight figures see Buddhist Art from Rehol, Tibetan Buddhist Images and Ritual Objects from the Qing Dynasty Summer Palace at Chengde, Taipei, 1999, pp. 770-73.

Height: 6in., 15.2cm
Condition: Some wear to the gilding.
Provenance: Himalayan Art Resources item no. 12842.