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Title

Maitreya, Buddha of the future

8th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Figure of Maitreya


Place where the work was made

Prakon Chai Buriram Province Thailand


Cultural origin

Mon-Khmer style


Date

8th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

bronze


Dimensions

10.0 cm; 12.7 cm with stand


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1999


Accession number

131.1999



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Provenance


Alex Biancardi, pre Nov 1998, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia

Parkham Place Gallery, May 1999, Surry Hills/Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased from an exhibition held at Parkham Place Gallery (art dealership) by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1999.


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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

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