Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to Zanabazar, Mongolian (1635 - 1723)
Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya
Work Type
figurine, sculpture
second half 17th century
Creation Place: East Asia, Mongolia
Physical Descriptions
Gilt bronze with blue pigment in the hair and traces of other pigments in the eyes and mouth
H. 62.4 x W. 21.5 x D. 19.4 cm (24 9/16 x 8 7/16 x 7 5/8 in.)
Weight 28 lb.
John West (by 1963), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1963.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John West
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Publication History

Pratapaditya Pal, The Art of Tibet, exh. cat., Asia Society Museum (New York, 1969), pp.145-146, no. 47

Susan L. Huntington and John C. Huntington, Leaves from the Bodhi Tree: The Art of Pala India (8th-12th centuries) and its International Legacy, exh. cat., Dayton Art Institute (Dayton, Ohio, 1989), pp. 390-391, no. 158

Marilyn M. Rhie and Robert A. F. Thurman, Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, 1991), p. 141, no. 32

Terese Tse Bartholomew, "An Introduction to the Art of Mongolia", Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (San Francisco, 1995), pp. 76-87, p. 79, fig. 4

James Cuno, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, Harvard University Art Museums/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), pp. 86-87, illustrated

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 103

Francesca Herndon-Consagra, Reflections of the Buddha, exh. cat., Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MO, 2011-2012), p. 26 (installation image); pp. 30-31 (installation images, details); p. 43, no. 16

Exhibition History

Reflections of the Buddha, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, 09/09/2011 - 03/10/2012

32Q: 2740 Buddhist II, Harvard Art Museums, 11/01/2014 - 05/21/2015

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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