Seated Bodhisattva Maitreya
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
Maitreya gained a strong following in East Asia, where he was considered more accessible than other Buddhas and was sometimes worshipped as a savior who might usher in a new era. In China he was depicted seated on a throne with both legs hanging, rather than with legs crossed in a meditative posture. His open palm, resting on his knee, is making the wish-granting gesture.
Bronze with traces of gilding
Northern Zhou Dynasty
Northern Zhou Dynasty
9 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (24.8 x 14 x 5.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Asian Art Council
Seated Bodhisattva Maitreya, 557-581. Bronze with traces of gilding, 9 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (24.8 x 14 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Asian Art Council, 88.93. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 88.93_SL1.jpg)
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