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Buddha Attended by Bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara and Maitreya

Central Javanese period
second half of the 8th century
Sumatra or southern Thailand
Copper alloy
H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); W. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); D. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); Wt. est. 20 lbs (9.1 kg)
Credit Line:
Gift of John and Evelyn Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1984
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 247
The iconographic configuration in this Buddhist triad was favored in the Mon territories of Thailand and widely propagated in the Srivijayan regions of peninsular Thailand and Sumatra. This triad with a central Buddha flanked by Avalokiteshvara and Maitreya identified by their crown insignias—the Amitabha Buddha and a stupa, respectively—came to be of paramount importance in early ninth-century central Java. Several major temples were built under royal patronage with these ensembles (albeit with all the figures seated) as their principal cult images, those at Candi Plaosan Lor and Candi Mendut being the best preserved.

cat. no. 162
Reportedly found in southern Thailand

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