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A Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future - Japan
- Taisho - first half 20th Century


Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future

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Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future
Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future

Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future
Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future

Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future
Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future

Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future
Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future

Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future


Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future


Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future


Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future

Bronze Maitreya (Miroku Bosatsu), Buddha of the Future

The Bodhisattva sat in padmasana (lotus position) dressed in royal attire and wearing jewellery, before a cloud filled aureole.

His hair in a high chignon adorned with several miniature heads, effigies of the five Jinas (five Great Buddhas).

Shown with right hand in varada mudra (gift giving or wish granting gesture) and the right holding a lotus to his shoulder.

All set on a spreading lotus throne above a two-tiered terraced stand adorned with further lotus, a dragon, geometric borders and cartouche.

Two-character signature to back.


Aureole bent over at tip

Previous owners' labels to reverse

7 1/4" ( 18.5 cm )



In the ancient Pali Canon, Shakyamuni (the Historical Buddha) says that over time the Buddhist Law and the practice of Buddhism will gradually diminish and die.

Some sects estimate this to occur over a total period of four and a half thousand years from the inception of his teachings.

At this point another Buddha, Maitreya, at present waiting in the Tushita Heaven, will appear to save those unable to achieve enlightenment.

Known in Japan as Miroku Bosatsu, he has been a prominent deity there since the 7th century and by the 9th century became extremely popular among believers of the Shingon Sect, a form of Esoteric Buddhism.

This belief remains today among the sect followers.



Item no; J-160610-1174-2
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