A schist figure of Maitreya
Ancient region of Gandhara, circa 3rd century
The life size future Buddha seated on a raised plinth with central offering, with his hands resting in dhyana mudra and holding the elixir of life contained within the kundika acutely modeled in the shape of a downturned lotus bud, the finely carved stylized folds of his sanghati elegantly pooling in concentric rings at his ankles and spilling over the edge of the base, bedecked with various necklaces including a large choker with inset design and talismanic armlets, the right revealing a lotus from underneath the tightly pulled robe, his mustached face with aquiline nose and steadfast gaze from heavily-lidded eyes, flanked by pendant earrings and centered by an incised urna, his wavy curls pulled over the domed ushnisha and cascading to his shoulders, secured by a beaded headdress comprising a network of beads interlinked between horizontal bands that rest above the forehead and wrap around the ushnisha.
42 in. (106.6 cm) high