Tibeto-Chinese, 17th/18th century Inset with semi-precious stones; with right hand in vitarka mudra holding the flowering utapala stem at his right shoulder, the left clutching the swirling ribbon scarf at the hip. 10 1/8 in. (25.8 cm) high
The facial type and sumptuous treatment of the jewelry are consistent with casting in China in the 17th and 18th centuries. The treatment of the lotus platform and incised design at the back are also hallmarks of this period. A closely related example with similar crown and identical treatment of the flower see is published in Gordon, The Iconography of Tibetan Lamaism, New York, 1972, p. 64. Also compare with a larger figure of Maitreya in Rhie and Thurman, A Shrine for Tibet, New York, 2009, no. I-14, p. 76.
Provenance: Private New England Collection, acquired in 1970s
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