Lot 1294: Tibetan Gilt Maitreya Statuette
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 19th-20th century AD. A hollow-formed gilt-bronze statuette of Maitreya seated on a rectangular throne flanked by blossoms, hands held in the gesture of instruction. 3.1 kg, 28cm (11"). UK art market, acquired prior to 2000. Maitreya is the Buddha of the future and it is believed that he will appear on Earth in three thousand years to re-establish the teachings of the Buddha. He is said to reside in the Tushita heaven meditating and he will be crowned by Buddha as his successor. His name means 'friendship' and he is living his final existence as a Bodhisattva; after arriving on Earth he will gain enlightenment and enter Nirvana. His worship appeared early on in Buddhism and he has been a popular figure in China, Tibet and Japan.
Condition Report: Fine condition.