Lot 1406: Gandharan Stitting Bodhisattva Maitreya Statuette
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 2nd-4th century AD. A carved schist statuette of the Bodhisattva Maitreya, sitting cross-legged on a draped dais, with nimbus to the rear, turban and draped mantle; mounted on a custom-made stand. 9.5 kg, 37.5cm including stand (14 3/4"). UK art market, acquired prior to 2000. Maitreya, the Buddha of the future, is often shown in Gandharan art wearing a turban, and often with strings of amulets about his chest. Under the Kushans, in probably the second quarter of the first century AD images of Maitreya began to be highly venerated as Buddhism turned its focus to the future. Worshippers looked to the Bodhisattva, the historical Buddha's successor who was waiting for his last reincarnation in the heavens of Tushita, as a source of inspiration and guidance. The form in which he is depicted in this example, seated with his legs crossed upon a throne, is most typical of later Gandharan Maitreya imagery.
Condition Report: Fine condition, nimbus chipped.