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.
Figure of Maitreya
10.0 cm; 12.7 cm with stand
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1999
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
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