A gilt copper alloy figure of Maitreya
Qing dynasty, 17th century
Standing on a single lotus base in an elegant pose with his hands joined in vitarka mudra and holding stems that lead to elaborate padma, each blossom supporting a wheel (cakra) and water pot (kundikha). He wears a long skirt embellished with beaded swags down to his knees, scarves that fall in curved ends at his ankles, an antelope skin over his shoulders, and elaborate jewelry. His tall, intricately rendered five-leaf crown frames a miniature stupa.
14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm) high