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A PARCEL GILT AND POLYCHROMED WOOD FIGURE OF MAITREYA
A PARCEL GILT AND POLYCHROMED WOOD FIGURE OF MAITREYA

TIBETO-CHINESE, 18TH CENTURY

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A PARCEL GILT AND POLYCHROMED WOOD FIGURE OF MAITREYA
TIBETO-CHINESE, 18TH CENTURY
Seated in bhadrasana with both feet resting on a lotus flower and his hands in dharmacakramudra, clad in double-layered robes secured by a beaded belt with pendant sash, the under-skirt and sash draped over his shoulders both painted with flower-heads in gold, his face displaying a benevolent expression with heavy-lidded eyes and smiling lips, flanked by elongated earlobes with circular earrings and his hair secured with a tiara, richly gilt and polychromed overall
26 ¾ in. (68 cm.) high
Provenance
Private collection, London, since 1970's, by repute
Acquired in 2013

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Maitreya, the Future Buddha, whose name means loving kindness, is one of eight special transcendent students of the Buddha Shakyamuni in Mahayana Buddhism, known as the “heart-sons”. Residing in the celestial paradise of Tushita-heaven, Maitreya has postponed becoming a complete Buddha until all sentient beings are liberated from samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth.

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