Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Maitreya (Standing) Sculpture

Maitreya (Standing) | Maitreya Main Page

Maitreya is quite often found depicted in a standing posture. He can appear in either Bodhisattva appearance or in Buddha appearance. There are also many regional artistic styles from Kashmir in the West, Ngari to Central Tibet, Nepal or Pala India. Each of these major regions have different artistic expressions and aesthetics. Even the jewelry and slight twist in the body can be different.

Maitreya is still identified by the unique and shared attributes such as the stupa, water flask, wheel and krishnasara deerskin draped across the left shoulder. The deerskin is a shared attribute with Avalokiteshvara.

Jeff Watt 11-2012