- Museum number
- Object: The Bodhisattva Maitreya
Standing Bodhisattva, probably Maitreya and originally in abhaya and holding a water pot. From under the shoulder loop a thin length must have passed over the lost forearm, leaving a small space a jour. The side of the usual paridhāna has a break where the water pot was attached.
Behind the head is a plain halo; the long oval face has a damaged mouth, a short narrow moustache and a full, rounded chin. The eyes are nearly horizontal and with clearly cut lids. The ūrṇā is in a damaged area. The hairstyle consists of vertical curled bands thicker below the diadem and ending in abundant curls falling onto the shoulders, and a high and tight chignon, drawn in at the bottom by a string of beads from which four more strings rise to meet almost at right angles in a central stone on top. From a damaged ornament in front of the chignon a loop of two strings of beads joins a large ornamental open flower below at each side, from which two separate strings of beads run to the back. The space in front between the flowers is damaged, but they were probably not joined. The earrings are with a thick rounded and ribbed hoop.
The torso is broad with breasts and nipples and a small circular navel. The collar appears set with stones forming a repeated floral motif separated by rectangles. The long multiple-chain necklace has cylindrical terminals ending in very damaged monster heads with curved horns, presumably confronting a bead in between. One double-chain necklace with beads or sleeves at intervals passes over the right shoulder and another passes over the upper arm, and the amulet cord has faceted cylindrical box mounted or capped at each end and the remains of a spherical amulet. The visible armlet has three beaded lobes enclosing variously shaped stones while the sandals are secured with a lion's head ornament
On the face of the rectangular base is a rosette motit.
- Production date
Diameter: 15 centimetres
Height: 78.10 centimetres
Width: 29.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The uttarīya is worn much as on 1889.0703.6 and 1899.0715.2. The uṣṇīṣa recalls those of 1902.1002.2 and 1902.1002.1. Compare the double-chained necklace with 1892.0801.3.
- Not on display
- 1.Light grey schist, broken, exfoliated and with soil incrustation.
2.Halo and forearms broken; face, one foot, edges of drapery damaged.
3.Back with regular horizontal and some diagonal chisel grooves and supported on limestone pedestal by a small buttress of same material.
4.Remains of dovetail mortise on abhaya arm.
- Acquisition notes
- According to the old inscribed British Museum stand; also identified by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks in his letter to Sir Alexander Cunningham of 21 February 1881 as part of the material transferred from the India Museum.
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