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A gray schist figure of Maitreya
A gray schist figure of Maitreya


A gray schist figure of Maitreya
Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
Seated on a throne with the legs in 'Royal Ease,' the hands in dharmachakramudra, the face with downcast eyes
5 in. (12.6 cm.) high
Private collection, Japan, acquired 1986-1990

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The inscription at the front of the base is in Kharosthi, the written alphabet of Gandhara, and reads Budhamitrasa danamukhe. Roughly translated, the inscription proclaims this piece as a "Gift of Buddhamitra," a name common among extant Kharosthi inscriptions.

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