Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya (Buddha of the Future)

Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235

This bodhisattva can be identified as Maitreya by the lip of the sacred water flask in his left hand and by his loop topknot, a hairstyle common to Maitreya images. On the base, donor figures venerate a Buddhist reliquary that rests on a low throne under a canopy.

Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya (Buddha of the Future), Gray schist, Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)

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