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Bodhisattva Maitreya, 3rd century

Pakistan: Ancient Gandhara, 200-299
Schist
29-1/2 x 13 x 6-1/2 in. (74.9 x 33.0 x 16.5 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1975.17.11.S

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Maitreya, whose name means “The Loving or Friendly One,” was a popular figure in Gandhara, in what is now Pakistan. He wears several necklaces, including one with tiny charm boxes that offer protection.


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