A bronze figure of Maitreya – earliest listed source, 1994

This bronze figure of (the future Buddha) Maitreya has been attributed to a “royal monk” (or prince), Nagaraja (988-1026), around 1025. As the Purang-Guge kingdom’s territories crossed present borders, it may come from “(either) Kashmir or Western Tibet”. Its earliest documented collecting history is almost a thousand years later. It was “acquired from Sotheby’s New York” on the 4th of June 1994.

Its auction estimate is $200,000-$300,000.

A bronze figure of Maitreya. The Lahiri Collection: Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern, Lot 51, Sale 12255, Christie's, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

A bronze figure of Maitreya. The Lahiri Collection: Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern, Lot 51, Sale 12255, Christie’s, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

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