Title:Maitreya (The Buddha of the Future)Artist:Artist UnknownDate:early 6th century B.C.Creation Place:Asia, ChinaCredit Line:The William Hood Dunwoody FundAccession Number:45.3
This image of Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, is typical of the Northern Wei style (386-534) as it developed at the Lung-men cave complex during the fifth and sixth centuries. Located outside the Wei capital of Lo-yang in Honan province, sculptural activities at Lung-men lasted from approximately 500 to 750. This image from Pin-yang Cave displays a non-Chinese seated posture with legs crossed at the ankles. The torso is slender and elongated and the thin garment has been depicted in a schematic fashion with folds, scarves and hemlines organized into a flat, pattern-like arrangement typical of the Northern Wei style.