Maitreya Bodhisattva

Historical period(s)
2nd-3rd century
School
Gandhara school
Medium
Relief fragment; phyllite with traces of pigment and gold
Dimensions
H x W x D: 74.3 x 26 x 13.3 cm (29 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 5 1/4 in)
Geography
Pakistan or Afghanistan
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.904
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Type

Buddhist sculpture

Keywords
Afghanistan, Buddhism, halo, Maitreya Buddha, Pakistan, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Maitreya is a bodhisattva (enlightened being) who will become the Buddha of the Future. As Buddhism developed, the historical Buddha, Siddhartha, was considered the most recent in a series of seven past Buddhas, with Maitreya as the eighth and last Buddha to come. Still a bodhisattva, he is depicted as a princely figure with elaborate ornaments; a Buddha would invariably wear a simple monk's robe.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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