G680.4] BRONZE BODHISATTVA MAITREYA
INDONESIA, PROBABLY SUMATRA
7TH – 9TH CENTURY
H. 21.5 CMS, 8 ½ INS.
An outstanding bronze figure of the Bodhisattva Maitreya (the Future Buddha), with a deep green patina, standing on a double lotus pedestal, the right hand lowered in varada (wish-granting)-mudra and the left holding a lotus stem, the facial expression tranquil and smiling, wearing a short dhoti elaborately knotted at the waist, the hair piled into a high jatamukata arrangement containing a small stupa at the front, mounted on a beautiful polished hardwood base.
Reference: For a related figure of a standing Avalokitesvara from Sumatra in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, please see cat. no. 62 in J. Fontein, The Sculpture of Indonesia, Washington, National Gallery of Art, 1990.
Provenance: Private English collection.