Bodhisattva Maitreya – The Future Buddha
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ABS 019

 Code: ABS 019

  Country: Tibet

  Style: Nepalese School

  Date: 1350 - 1450

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 34.5 x 45.8 x 23.5

  Materials: Copper with remains of gilt

Bodhisattva Maitreya – The Future Buddha

Maitreya, or Champa in Tibetan, is the Future Buddha prophesised by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni to succeed him when all Buddhist teachings will have completely disappear from our world. He is said to have replaced Shakyamuni in the highest heaven, waiting for his time to come. Maitreya is also considered one of the eight principal bodhisattvas, embodying loving kindness. For this reason, he can appear as a Buddha, under the guise of an ascetic (see for instance ABS 088 or 366), or as a bodhisattva, dressed with the royal attire.

Of strong Nepalese influence, this impressive copper statue represents Maitreya as a bodhisattva. Sitting legs crossed in meditation, adorned with the silks and jewellery proper to the divine manifestations, his right extended hand performs the gesture of generosity while his left is held before his chest in argumentation. His identification in made possible thanks to the small stupa placed at the summit of his topknot.