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- Object: The Bodhisattva Maitreya
Seated Maitreya in abhaya and holding a water pot. The uttarīya is in the wide mode, one end over the right thigh. The paridhāna is shown with a somewhat different scheme of folds on each knee and it falls on the left in three pointed ends over the edge of the seat. The folds are densely and mechanically terraced.
The otherwise plain halo has a border with a countersunk radiate sawtooth motif and a groove defining a narrow band. The face, oval with a worn ūrṇā, has long, narrow and slanting eyes under curving ridges for eyebrows, lids sharply cut and lips barely shaped. The lower face is full. The hairstyle consists of a fringe of short curls on the forehead and wavy locks falling onto the shoulders; the chignon is secured by a string of beads at its base, from which four strings meet in a bead on the top, and below it hang one looped string of beads in front and one at each side towards the back. Above each temple is an ornament consisting of a small swag of beads held at each end by the hand of a male figure whose head emerges from the hair. The earrings have a thick rounded hoop enriched with an undulating line.
The damaged abhaya hand, with a plain raised circle on the palm and with webbed fingers, is oblique to the body, attached by a thin strut above the armlet; the thumb and fingers of the other hand are somewhat fluid and with visible nails. The water pot, held between the index and middle fingers, has two lotus registers with long grooved petals meeting in the middle at a horizontal band with an undulating motif.
Under a thick neck, slight swellings indicate the breasts. The collar appears to be set with a floral motif composed of circular and pointed oval stones; on the chain necklace cross-hatched cylindrical terminals end in horned monster heads with curled snouts and probably beards, holding in their jaws a thick curved pin piercing a large faceted and cylindrical bead between them; strings of beads held together by a faceted sleeve or bead pass over the right shoulder, and three cylindrical boxes, one faceted, hang from a plain cord under the right arm. The armlets, one completely and the other partly hidden under the uttarīya, consist of three lobes, oval in the centre and leaf-shaped at the side with an inner undulating band; a triple bracelet is on the right wrist and one with a flat band and raised borders is on the left.
The seat consists of a flat top or cushion with an undulating groove on the side, as in the preceding piece, and drapery gathered at the sides with pendent folds and a vertical branch motif with paired leaves pointing downwards; the lion pro-tome legs have pendent triangular tongues, manes between the legs and visible claws.
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Diameter: 12 centimetres
Height: 50.80 centimetres
Width: 33 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Compare the waterpot with that on 1886.0618.14.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, broken and chipped.
2.Small losses at edge of halo, on face, headdress and right hand; large crack on face of scat. 3.Very rough uneven bottom. Back with diagonal and horizontal chisel grooves.
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