Bodhisattva, possibly Maitreya

Northeastern Thailand

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

Bodhisattva, possibly Maitreya, Copper alloy with tin, Northeastern Thailand

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