Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Maitreya (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - Bodhisattva

རྒྱལ་བ་བྱམས་པ། 弥勒佛
(item no. 23398)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Lineages Buddhist
Material Metal, Precious Stone, Stone Inset: Turquoise
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Maitreya (Tibetan: cham pa. English: Love), the bodhisattva of loving kindness and the Buddha of the next future eon after the age of Shakyamuni Buddha. Maitreya is believed to currently reside in the Tushita Heaven and is typically depicted as having either a Bodhisattva Appearance or Buddha Appearance with all the typical characteristics.

Tibetan: Jetsun Champa Gonpo (rje btsun byams pa mgon po)

With this figure the two hands perform the gesture of teaching while holding the stems of two flowers that support a branch of the Ashoka tree on the right and a water flask on the left. The two legs are folded in vajra posture. Attached to the front of the lotus base is a small figure of Vaishravana Riding a Lion.

In painting Maitreya is commonly depicted in bodhisattva appearance and and can be found along with the other Eight Great Bodhisattvas in compositions with either Shakyamuni or Amitabha Buddha as the central figure.

"With the fire of great love burning the fuel of anger, the light of pristine awareness removes the darkness of ignorance; heir to the Conqueror's Dharma, upcoming leader of beings; to the one residing in Tushita, I bow." (Buddhist liturgical verse).

Jeff Watt 2-2015

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Artist: Sonam Gyaltsen & Atelier (Maitreya)
Sculpture: Figurative (Added Figure in Front)
Buddhist Deity: Maitreya Main Page
Artist: Sonam Gyaltsen & Atelier (Sculpture)
Collection of WGA