An image of Maitreya, Buddha of the future

Unknown Artist

Maitreya, Buddha of the future

Other titles:
Figure of Maitreya
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Carried in robes of travellers and pilgrims, it is small figures such as this that have survived the vagaries of turbulent histories. This unassuming figure of the Future Buddha Maitreya (identified by the stupa in his headdress) carries a lotus bud in his right hand and the end of his robe in his left.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.324.

Place of origin
Prakon Chai, Buriram Province, Thailand
Cultural origin
Mon-Khmer style
Year
8th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
10.0 cm; 12.7 cm with stand
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1999
Accession number
131.1999
Provenance
Alex Biancardi, pre Nov 1998, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia
Parkham Place Gallery, May 1999, Surry Hills/Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased from an exhibition held at Parkham Place Gallery (art dealership) by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1999.