Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Maitreya (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - Buddha

རྒྱལ་བ་བྱམས་པ། 弥勒佛
(item no. 88702)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Lineages Uncertain
Size 152x111cm (59.84x43.70in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Buddha

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

This subject is tentatively identified as Maitreya although there is no evidence to support this attribution. Vairochana Buddha is also a very real possibility.

The central subject likely comes from the Yoga or Charya Tantras. With the recent discovery of names for the attendant figures, found along the edges of the painting, it is hoped that a correct attribution will be forthcoming in the near future.

Jeff Watt 4-2003

Wisdom Calendar 1993 - May (full catalog list)

Front of Painting
Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: Top right: g.shin rje sbyas. Top left: 'chim dgra 'bral g... Upper right: bde skyin ma. Upper left: 'bar dang ma. Lower right: g.shin rje chos ma. Lower left: g.shin rje si la ma. Bottom center: g.cho...phag pa zha ma.

Related Items
Publication: Wisdom Publications: Calendar Collection

Thematic Sets
Subject: Composition - Floating Figure
Painting Style: Gyantse Scroll Paintings
Subject: Deities & Stupas
Buddhist Deity: Maitreya (Painting Masterworks)
MH Private (Painting)
Buddhist Deity: Maitreya Main Page
Stupa (Chaitya): Deities
Painting Style: Gyantse (Large Format)
Stupa: Painting, Textile & Print
Buddhist Deity: Maitreya (Buddha Appearance)
Collection: Private 1