Bodhisattva Maitreya

Bodhisattva Maitreya
Place Made:
Pakistan: Ancient Gandhara
3rd-4th century
22-1/4 x 12-1/2 in. (56.5 x 31.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

This well-preserved sculpture of a seated Maitreya depicts the future Buddha preaching in the Tusita Heaven before his final appearance and enlightenment on earth. He is seated with his ankles crossed, typical of Maitreya imagery, and with his hands in the darmachakrapravartanamudra, or turning the wheel of the law gesture. The two figures that flank Maitreya are likely the patron of the sculpture and her preceptor, a monk.

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