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Bodhisattva Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future

Date:
7th century
Culture:
Pakistan (Swat Valley)
Medium:
Bronze inlaid with silver
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. Richard Benedek, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.536
  • Description

    The bodhisattva’s broad, muscular torso, which originates in the Gandharan sculptural tradition, is combined with a refined treatment of the face and drapery that shows clear connections with the northern Indian Gupta tradition. This image is exceptional in terms of the preservation of its surface; note the detailed hair and jewelry and the striking use of inlaid silver for the eyes and urna (dot on his forehead). While the flask in his left hand identifies this figure as Maitreya, he holds up his right hand with the back turned toward us in a gesture that is occasionally displayed by attendant Maitreya figures in late Gandharan triads.

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