This Pensive Bothisattva was popular in Korea, Japan and China. i obtained this great statue 10 years ago from an old family in LA and now i want to simplify my collections.
Another name for this casting statue is Maitreya in Meditation
I think this gold gilt statue was casted with Bronze or mixed metals, and could be as old as 7th century (Tang Dynasty) or later and possibly from Korea, Japan or China.
It is 16' high, 8" wide, 5.5" deep.
Images of the pensive bodhisattva became prevalent in East Asia between the fifth and eighth centuries. This seated figure is among the best-preserved examples. It is infused with a subtle yet palpable energy that is articulated in such details as the pliant and lifelike fingers and toes. His crown is topped with an orb-and-crescent motif, indicating Central Asian influence
Based on my search, there are two explanations for this type of statue:
1. Sakyamuni in meditation seated under Bodhi tree, before become Buddha.
2. Maitreya (future Buddha) in Meditation.
This statue shows a peaceful, kind and thoughtful female looking, so it will be a great figure for your collection, meditation or spiritual support.