The Bodhisattva Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Copper alloy with gilding and color
H. 26 in. (66 cm); W. 8 1/4 in. (20.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1982
The sensual exaggeration of the tribhanga (thrice-bent posture) is unusual for Nepalese art of this early period. Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, holds a vessel in his left hand; originally he may have held a rosary in the right. He wears a long skirt with simple incised decoration; a sash slung diagonally from the right hip to the left thigh; the sacred thread, the characteristic mark of the Brahmin, across his chest; and the usual jewelry of the period.