A fine and rare gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya
Yongle six-character mark and of the period
The finely cast and richly gilt bodhisattva depicted seated cross-legged in vajraparyankasana with hands in dharmachakra mudra, adorned in a long flowing robe draped around the arms and legs, with a well-defined waist
and broad shoulders, the aristocratic face with a downward benevolent gaze and smile, the hair coiled up in a seven-part chignon, the stems of lotus flowers curled between his thumbs and forefingers, a kundika (the symbol of the Buddha of the Future) resting on the flower head on his right shoulder, a single blossom on his left shoulder, the bodhisattva jewellery comprising a magnificent crown, an elaborate tripartite necklace, wheel-shaped earrings attached to the elongated earlobes, armbands, a jewelled girdle and anklets, bracelets and feet jewellery, the six-character mark engraved on the upper surface of the waisted lotus pedestal, the base engraved with a visvavajra.
21cm (8½in) high.