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An image of Figure of Maitreya by

Prakon Chai, Buriram Province, Thailand

Figure of Maitreya
Place of origin
Prakon ChaiBuriram ProvinceThailand
Cultural origin
Mon-Khmer style
8th century
Media category
Materials used
bronze alloy

10.0 cm; 12.7 cm with stand

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1999
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Carried in robes of travellers and pilgrims, it is small figures such as this that have survived the vagaries of turbulent histories. This unassuming figure of the Future Buddha Maitreya (identified by the stupa in his headdress) carries a lotus bud in his right hand and the end of his robe in his left.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.324.

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 324 (colour illus.).

Pratapaditya Pal, Orientations, 'Sensuous Spirituality: Hindu and Buddhist Art from the Indic Cultural Realm', pg. 80-87, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 83 (colour illus.). fig.6

Exhibition history (1)

Miniature Masterpieces of Asian Art, Parkham Place Gallery, Surry Hills, 25 May 1999–25 Jul 1999