On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
This early image of Maitreya from Thailand is identified by a water flask carried in one hand and a small stupa on the front of his piled hair. Stupas are dome-shape, spired burial mounds used throughout the Buddhist world to signify the passage out of earthly existence. The water bottle suggests Maitreya’s future life as a wandering monk.
8 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 7/8 in. (21.6 x 4.5 x 2.3 cm)
mount (object mounted on a block): 12 3/4 × 4 × 4 in. (32.4 × 10.2 × 10.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Greenberg
Standing Maitreya. Bronze, 8 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 7/8 in. (21.6 x 4.5 x 2.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Greenberg, 86.259.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.259.2_bw.jpg)
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