Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya

early 8th century
Pakistan (likely Swat Valley or Gilgit region)
Copper alloy, gilded and silvered, with silver inlay
Bodhisattva: H. 15 1/16 in. (38.3 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); D. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Muneichi Nitta, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.593.3a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
This bodhisattva wears highly unusual costume and jewelry, including a waistcloth, sash, and elaborate necklace and diadem, which suggests it is styled after a particular court fashion, perhaps from the Swat Valley or Gilgit region. The fragmentary water bottle held in his left hand identifies him as Maitreya, the messianic Buddha of the future. The lotus base and rocky pedestal are not contemporary with the figure.
New York. Asia Society. "The Arts of Kashmir," October 2, 2007–January 27, 2008.

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