Seated Maitreya


Anonymous - Seated Maitreya
Small votive sculptures made of bronze or stone were predominantly made for use in home shrines and facilitated the spread of Buddhist iconography throughout the Chinese territory. In the beginning, they mostly portrayed the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. However, the identity of the statues changed with the developing Buddhist doctrine throughout the 5th and 6th centuries. In this period, the popularity of the historical Buddha was eclipsed by the cult of Maitreia – the Buddha of the Future – and Amitabha, who was believed to reign over the Buddhist Paradise called The Pure Land, were depicted.
measurements: height 40,3 cm
in collections:
material: marble
inventory number: Vp 3176
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art