- Museum number
- Object: The Bodhisattva Maitreya.
Standing Bodhisattva, probably Maitreya and originally in abhaya and holding a water pot. The uttarīya loops across the body but leaves the space between the right elbow and side 'a jour'. Little of the paridhāna survives. The drapery folds form broad rounded ridges.
The youthful face of severe regular features is a good oval shape. Long, narrow and evenly slanting eyes are under lids with sharp edges and low curving edges for eyebrows, and there is an ūrṇā and remains of what were probably earrings with a thick rounded hoop. A small mouth of almost pursed lips is set above a full, slightly pointed chin. The halo was probably plain. Almost straight hair is drawn back to fall onto the back rather than the shoulders, while the locks at the forehead point sideways. A diadem of two strings of beads, linked by larger beads, encircles the head. The globular chignon is somewhat forward and secured by a string of beads at its base, and from it two cross the top diagonally and intersect somewhat forward.
The damaged torso is modelled to show plump breasts and a waist drawn in at the sides. The collar seems set with stones forming a festoon pattern above and small rectangles below flanking a larger diagonally bisected rectangle in the middle. The damaged multiple-chain necklace may have been otherwise plain. The armlet on the right arm with a beaded semicircular plate enclosing an inlaid floral motif does not reappear under the uttarīya opposite and the right upper arm shows remains of the strut for the raised forearm. There are no shoulder or talisman cords.
- Production date
Diameter: 9.70 centimetres
Height: 47 centimetres
Width: 21.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
Compare with 1880.193 (the left arm) and 1902.1002.9 (the uttariya).
- Not on display
- 1.Light grey schist, broken, exfoliated and with some ingrained soil.
2.Front very worn; lower legs and forearms lost; exfoliated halo incomplete but with probably ancient, short, flat, smooth edge across break at top.
3.Front of head rejoined.
4.At bottom, a modern metal rod for vertical insertion into a mount. Break at bottom irregular. Back with horizontal chisel grooves.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from Lieutenant-Colonel F. G. L. Mainwaring.
- Registration number