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A LARGE CAST AND REPOUSSÉ GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF MAITREYA
A LARGE CAST AND REPOUSSÉ GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF MAITREYA
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A LARGE CAST AND REPOUSSÉ GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF MAITREYA

QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A LARGE CAST AND REPOUSSÉ GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF MAITREYA
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
The bodhisattva stands on a lotus base with the right hand raised and the left at his side. He is garbed in a diaphanous dhoti and is adorned with beaded jewelry, with a lotus blossom at each shoulder. The face is serene in expression, surmounted by a foliate tiara, and backed by a nimbus of radiating beams of light.
27 in. (68.6 cm.) high
Provenance
Cesa Atrium, Zurich, 29 August 1969.

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Although the usual identifying iconographic objects, the wheel and the water pot, are missing from the present example, the figure corresponds closely with other identified 18th century images of the bodhisattva, Maitreya. Compare, for example, with a closely related figure at the palace at Chengde, identified by its inscription as Maitreya, although also missing the wheel and water pot, illustrated by Wang Jiapeng in Buddhist Art from Rehol, Taipei, 1999, p. 75, cat. no. 16. See, also, a non-gilt figure of Maitreya from the Qing Palace in Beijing, illustrated by The Palace Museum, Cultural Relics of Tibetan Buddhism Collected in the Qing Palace, Beijing, 1992, p. 68, cat. no. 40.

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