Bronze head of Bodhisattva Maitreya. Museum no. IS. 24-1988

Bronze head of Bodhisattva Maitreya. Museum no. IS. 24-1988

Bronze head
Thailand
8th century
Bronze
Height 13 cm
Museum no. IS. 24-1988

Bronze head of Bodhisattva Maitreya. Maitreya is a bodhisattva (enlightened being) who in the Buddhist tradition is to appear on Earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma (enlightenment and knowledge of the world). According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor of the historic S'a-kyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.