Figure of Maitreya

unknown2nd half of the Tang period (618-907)

Linden-Museum Stuttgart

Linden-Museum Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany

Maitreya is the Buddha of the future. The upright sitting posture with hanging legs is considered as a symbolic depiction, highlighting that he is already turned towards Earth even before his appearance as Buddha.


  • Title: Figure of Maitreya
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 2nd half of the Tang period (618-907)
  • Location: China
  • Physical Dimensions: h11.3 cm
  • Provenance: Linden-Museum
  • Type: Gilded Bronze Sculpture
  • Rights: Linden-Museum, Foto: Anatol Dreyer

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