the Buddha of future ages is the successor to Shakyamuni the historical Buddha.
The Maitreya is thought to embody loving kindness and is seen to be a friend to
early 19th century Tibetan gilt bronze statue of the deity is gracefully arched
in the “tribhanga” position: a standing posture in which the figure is oppositely
curved at the waist and neck to form a gentle "S" shape.
is a youthful suppleness to this figure that is accented by the intricate detail
of the ornamentation. The subtle folds of cloth and adornment shape and frame
the body. A fertile lotus that arches up from the left hand compliments the right
hand that is poised in the Vitaka Mudra, the gesture of debate. The midnight blue
hair, the coloration of the eyes and rosy polish of the lips expands the hues
of this statue’s loving, beatific countenance.
added layers of detail on the lips of the lotus petals upon which Maitreya stand
add depth. This polished masterful sculpture combines a deep presence with the
sweet nectar of well-being. (SD)