Buddha Attended by Bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara and Maitreya

Sumatra or southern Thailand

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.

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Buddha Attended by Bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara and Maitreya, Copper alloy, Sumatra or southern Thailand

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