In Buddhism, Maitreya is a bodhisattva, who is the successor to the present Buddha Gautama, and will appear on Earth in the future. This time will come when most of the terrestrial world have forgotten dharma: Maitreya, having achieved complete enlightenment, will then teach the pure dharma.
Gandharan Stone Bodhisattva Maitreya
A Gandharan grey schist figure of Bodhisattva Maitreya seated in vajrasana on a throne. His right hand is in abhayamudra, whereas his left hand is lowered and holding the bottle with the elixir of immortality. His face bears an inwards drawn expression, and he has almond-shaped eyes, an aquiline nose, and elongated earlobes. On his head is a wavy hairdress extending over the ears, with ushnisha on top, and halo behind. The reverse is unmodelled and the Buddha is mounted on a purpose-made stand (height with stand 35.5 cms).
Condition: Fine condition, halo fragmentary and light accretions.