AGE: – Age unknown possibly pre Pagan
CONSTRUCTION: – Stone
DESCRIPTION: – Extremely Rare Buddhist Stone Stele Maitreya Buddha from Burma – age related wear
HEIGHT: – 60cm
WIDTH:– 37cm at widest part
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Extremely Rare Buddhist Stone Stele Maitreya Buddha sourced from Burma, with hand gesture in dharmachakrapravartana mudra, also known as the gesture of teaching, depicting the Buddha’s first sermon in Sarnath after he attained enlightenment. The Maitreya on this stele is seated with both legs pendant, sometimes referred to as European fashion, with feet resting on a double lotus pedestal and single halo framing the head.
The Buddha is seen here flanked on either side by what would appear to be a lion or other mythical creatures from Buddhist mythology, difficult to tell due to age related wear.
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The face on this Maitreya Buddha stele is highly unusual, we are unfamiliar with the facial appearance of this Maitreya which was sourced in Mandalay. It is not a traditional Burmese style and is possibly a style more in keeping with the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition or an influence from a period in time when the Chinese or Mongolian were trading and living in Burma in ancient times. The gilding is genuine gold leaf so would imagine this stele, before we acquired it was in a place of worship before it came onto the market.
The Maitreya Buddha is also referred to as a future Buddha or a Buddha in the making and is frequently seen in a seated posture with both legs pendant, both feet resting on a pedestal. The Maitreya Buddha is also seen in Indian, Himalayan and Chinese art with one leg pendant and the other with the knee bent with the foot resting on the thigh or pedestal on which the Maitreya is seated. The Maitreya is neither male or female.