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- Object: The Bodhisattva Maitreya
Standing Bodhisattva, probably Maitreya and originally in abhaya and holding a water pot. The uttarīya in the narrow mode is unusually visible over the right shoulder and lies on the left arm with a thick lower edge upwards into the shoulder loop from under which a length emerges over the elbow and joins the broad fall of drapery at the side. The usual paridhāna has an area of damage to which the water pot was attached. The drapery folds are densely ridged and terraced.
The head, in marked relief against a squat halo with concentric borders of a countersunk radiate sawtooth pattern and an undulating line, is round to oval; the face, with low forehead, small ūrṇā, long open eyes and distinct lids set well back under sharp edges for eyebrows, broad nose with distinct nostrils and full chin, appears somewhat asymmetrical. The hair falls in corkscrew curls onto the shoulders and the shorter curls and longer undulating locks in the front are divided by a central parting; the chignon is secured round its base by a string of beads with, in front, a larger barrel-shaped bead from each end of which it is joined to the bead diadem below by a looped string of beads that rejoins the chignon at the side; another string of beads farther back connects the diadem with the string around the chignon. The earrings are indistinct.
The broad chest has rounded breasts and a short thin horizontal gash forms the navel. A damaged narrow collar appears only between the multiple strands of the chain necklace, which has a large cylindrical bead in the middle; a damaged pair of chains loops over the right shoulder and the amulet cord has two cylindrical boxes. Both armlets are obscured by drapery and, on the abhaya arm, by the remains of the strut. The sandals, on broad feet with distinct toes and nails, are of the usual type with patterned thongs.
The base has a sawtooth cornice and, on the face and sides, panels bisected into triangles each containing a small indented triangle.
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Diameter: 10 centimetres
Height: 49 centimetres
Width: 19.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1996:
The uttarīya is as on 1880-72.
- Not on display
- 1.Grey schist, broken and exfoliated.
2.Both forearms lost; garment edges damaged; round pinholes from front to back, one in halo, another between ankles.
3.Bottom very uneven. Back with horizontal chisel grooves.
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