Antique Khmer Style Standing Bronze Bodhisattva Maitreya Statue - 37cm/15"
Measures (Height) 37cm/15"
A wonderful four-armed image of a bronze Bodhisattva Maitreya statue in the pre-Angkor early eight century style.
Maitreya is the Buddha of the Future, destined to become the next mortal buddha after Shakyamuni. The Bodhisattva is identified as Maitreya by the tiny Stupa set in the front of the jatamukuta (crown of hair). Maitreya is clothed in a short paridnhana, a piece of plain cloth wrapped around the hips and knotted at the waist, rather than the sampot can kpin with which bodhisattvas are clothed in ninth-century Khmer sculpture.
The image is stood samabhanga on a wood base, loose mounted. Bodhisattva are beings who have gained enlightenment but postpone their ascension to nirvana to help others achieve the blessed state.
The Bodhisattva has a peaceful countenance with downcast introspective eyes and a firm brow. The scanty clothing, long matted hair, and lack of jewellery indicate that this image represents Maitreya as an ascetic bodhisattva, a type found throughout Southeast Asia from the seventh through ninth century.
Bodhisattvas appealed to practitioners and were worshipped along with the Buddha all over South and Southeast Asia. This traditional in appearance piece is sure to add serenity to your home, office or sacred space.
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