Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya (Buddha of the Future)

Date:
ca. 3rd century
Culture:
Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Medium:
Gray schist
Dimensions:
H. 64 1/4 in. (163.2 cm); W. 21 in. (53.3 cm); D. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.75
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.
[ Peter Marks Gallery , New York, until 1991, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Pala-Sena Period," 2007.