Maitreya Buddha In Literature History And Art
Maitreya was known to early Indian Buddhists in three distinct roles --as a member of Sakyamuni's audience,as a great Bodhisattva who rules over the Tusita heaven and welcomes believers to share its joys and as the Buddha-to-be, who in future will attain the Enlightmen and leads countless hosts to salvation. The art and iconography of Maitreya throw on the material culture of India for various centuries. But barring a few excptions there was hardly any comprehensive study on Maitreya from the point of view of an art-historian and art-critic. This excellently illustrated the Maitreya Buddha in Literature, History and Art is a welcome beginning of specialised studies on Maitreya, the future Buddha.
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