Using a composition typical for the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, including the attendants with the boy Sudhana standing at his feet, this painting nevertheless depicts the Bodhisattva and future Buddha Maitreya. He is red, has a stupa in his crown, and holds a blossoming branch with a vase on it. Maitreya is surrounded by three small scenes, which clearly have been added to the composition, referring to his future life as a buddha. In the upper-left corner the then Buddha teaches to an audience holding diverse offerings, and in the upper-right corner is the story of the sage Kashyapa transmitting a robe to Maitreya.


  • Title: Bodhisattva Maitreya, the Future Buddha
  • Date Created: 15th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 57.5 x 31 in.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2006.66.34
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: China
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (01/25/12 - 01/14/13), Rubin Museum of Art, "What is It? Himalayan Art" (06/25/07 - 11/12/07), Tibet House Cultural Center, New York, NY, "Worlds of Transformation:Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (04/27/99 - 09/25/99)

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