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Bodhisattva Maitreya - F|S Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalayas

0200/0300

Freer and Sackler Galleries

Freer and Sackler Galleries

BODHISATTVA MAITREYA
Pakistan (ancient Gandhara)
2d-3d century
Schist with pigment and gold
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler, S1987.904

Maitreya is a bodhisattva (enlightened being) who will become the Buddha of the Future. As Buddhism developed, the historical Buddha, Siddhartha, was considered the most recent in a series of seven past Buddhas, with Maitreya as the eighth and last Buddha to come. Still a bodhisattva, he is depicted as a princely figure with elaborate ornaments; a Buddha would invariably wear a simple monk's robe.

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  • Title: Bodhisattva Maitreya - F|S Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalayas
  • Date Created: 0200/0300

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