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The bodhisattva Maitreya
Place of Origin: Mongolia
Date: approx. 1700-1800
Object Name: Thangka
Materials: Colors and gold on cotton
Dimensions: H. 96 in x W. 59 in, H. 244 cm x W. 150 cm (overall)
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B60D54
On Display: No

Description

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Maitreya, the "Friendly One," is the Buddha of the future. He appears here as a huge golden figure standing on a white moon disk above a lotus pedestal. Maitreya is generally recognizable by a water pot, which he either carries in his left hand or supports on a lotus, as in this painting.

In Buddhism, this visionary warrior puts an end to all violence and strife at the end of the current age simply by the force of his irresistible goodness. Here Maitreya wears a five-leaf crown, necklaces, armlets, bracelets, and anklets. Together, these implements symbolize the five cosmic Buddhas (see the bronze stupa in this gallery).


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Exhibition History: "Spritual Warriors," Rotation, 3/11/2013

"Hidden Gold: Mining its Meaning in Asian Art", Asian Art Museum, March 4, 2016-May 8, 2016
Label:

Maitreya, the "Friendly One," is the Buddha of the future. He appears here as a huge golden figure standing on a white moon disk above a lotus pedestal. Maitreya is generally recognizable by a water pot, which he either carries in his left hand or supports on a lotus, as in this painting.

In Buddhism, this visionary warrior puts an end to all violence and strife at the end of the current age simply by the force of his irresistible goodness. Here Maitreya wears a five-leaf crown, necklaces, armlets, bracelets, and anklets. Together, these implements symbolize the five cosmic Buddhas (see the bronze stupa in this gallery).


Exhibition History: "Spritual Warriors," Rotation, 3/11/2013

"Hidden Gold: Mining its Meaning in Asian Art", Asian Art Museum, March 4, 2016-May 8, 2016