Bodhisattva Maitreya
India, Kashmir
Ca. 10th century
37.8 cm (14 ¾ in)

W. E. Begley, Indian Buddhist Suclpture in American Collections, exhibition catalogue, J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, 1968, no. 55

H. Munsterberg, Sculpture of the Orient, New York, 1972, pl. 30

Patapaditya Pal, Bronzes of Kashmir, Graz, 1975, pp. 128–9, fig. 42

Pratapaditya Pal, The Sensuous Immortals, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1978, p. 54, no. 27

Ulrich von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1981, pp. 126–7, no. 20E.

Chandra L. Reedy, Himalayan Bronzes, Technology, Style and Choices, Newark, 1997, no. K75.

Standing in elegant tribhanga on a lotus base supported by a faceted pedestal, his right hand raised in abhaya mudra, the left hand pendent and holding a waterpot, and wearing a close-fitting dhoti with pleated sashes falling between his legs, jewelled belt with central rosette clasp, beaded collar, long sash incised with horizontal folds, meditation strand, and quatrefoil earrings, his hair arranged in matted plaits piled into a high chignon fronted by a miniature stupa, some tresses escaping onto his shoulders, and encircled by a beaded nimbus and aureole of stylised flames.