The future Bodhisattva- Maitreya (the friendly one), is the Buddhist divinity on whose unending benevolence his devotees rely. For them, Maitreya is the embodiment of Buddha's promise to salvage them from the unending web worldliness. In this copper statue of Maitreya from Nepal, the Bodhisattva is in a charming standing posture, wearing a diaphanous robe through which his thin form is highlighted. With his right hand in the gesture of Varada (giving boon), Maitreya in this statue appears to balance sublimity and a boyish innocence- qualities his mesmerically smiling visage brings out.
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