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Bodhisattva, possibly Maitreya

Date:
first quarter of the 8th century
Culture:
Northeastern Thailand
Medium:
Copper alloy with tin
Dimensions:
H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); W. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); D. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); Wt. est. 20 lbs. (9.1 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.151
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 245
This image of a standing male is difficult to identify securely, but the raised hand gesturing in exposition and the lowered hand granting boons suggests he is a Buddhist savior. He may represent Maitreya, the messianic Buddha of the Future; the headdress is perhaps intended to evoke a stupa, his identifier.

cat. no. 143
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