The bodhisattva Maitreya, anonymous, 700 - 900
In his left hand Maitreya is holding a flask with the elixir of life, his regular attribute. His right hand is making a gesture that appears only in art from Kashmir and Gandhara. Its meaning has yet to be determined. The bodhisattva is seated on a lotus throne. The lower part has been broken off and therefore lacks its base with lotus leaves curving down.