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Northern Wei Period
北魏
Gilded Statue of Maitreya
鎏金弥勒像

This gilded statue of Maitreya was made during the Northern Wei Period (386 to about 534). Maitreya is the predicted form of a successor to Buddha coming to earth to teach and enlighten. Maitreya is seated on a throne with legs crossed at the ankles. He looks down observing and waiting for his time.











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