Temple Gallery

Established 1959

Standing Buddha - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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SS023. Bodhisattva Maitreya

Greco-Oriental, Gandhara, Kushan period
2nd-3rd century
Grey schist
Height (excluding stand) 25.5cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

Provenance:  Private collection India 1950s;

By descent private collection London

£8,500Click here to convert price to USD or EUR

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Maitreya is the benevolent saviour of the Buddhist pantheon regarded as the future Buddha and successor to the historic Sakyamuni Buddha. He is attired and adorned as a prince. The raised hair-knot is the sign of Buddha status.

The ancient Kingdom of Gandhara was founded around 1500 BC and its greatest period under the Kushan Kings was from the first to the fifth centuries AD. It is one of the great crossroads of the world having been occupied by, among others, the Iranians under Cyrus the Great, the Macedonians under Alexander the Great and the Indians under King Ashoka. Its art was thus a fusion of voluptuous Hellenic naturalism and the refined spirituality of Buddhism in India as many examples in museums all over the world testify. (See for example fig. 1.)

Fig. 1. Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya (Buddha of the Future) Cleveland Museum of Art

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