A rare bronze figure of Maitreya – earliest listed source, 1994

This “rare” bronze figure of (the future Buddha) Maitreya, which came from Nalanda in India and was made in the seventh century, was on the London market “by 1994” (and was resold within London on the 25th of October 2000). It is so rare, indeed, that no-one appears to have known where it was in the intervening 1,300 years or how it arrived in London (or, indeed, when).

Its auction estimate is $250,000-350,000.

A rare bronze figure of Maitreya. The Lahiri Collection: Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern, Lot 47, Sale 12255, Christie's, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

A rare bronze figure of Maitreya. The Lahiri Collection: Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern, Lot 47, Sale 12255, Christie’s, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

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