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Medium Sized Standing Figure of a Bodhisattva

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
Buddhist teachings tell of a future Buddha, Maitreya, who will be born on Earth to gain enlightenment and preach, much like Shakyamuni. There are various ways to depict Maitreya, but he usually wears jewelry and full hair to indicate his state as a Bodhisattva. This image is from the area of Pakistan where ancient Greek and Roman aesthetics were influential, as can be seen in the deep carving of the drapery of the robes. In that region, Maitreya was often depicted wearing a beaded net over his piled hair.
CULTURE Buddhist
MEDIUM Sculpture, grey schist
DATES late 2nd to 3rd century C.E.
DIMENSIONS 16 × 6 1/4 × 3 3/4 in. (40.6 × 15.9 × 9.5 cm) mount (overall): 17 × 6 1/2 × 3 1/2 in. (43.2 × 16.5 × 8.9 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Frederic B. Pratt
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
CAPTION Buddhist. Medium Sized Standing Figure of a Bodhisattva, late 2nd to 3rd century C.E. Sculpture, grey schist, 16 × 6 1/4 × 3 3/4 in. (40.6 × 15.9 × 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Frederic B. Pratt, 27.66. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 27.66_acetate_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 27.66_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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