A Maitreya Buddha Thangka refers to a specific type of Tibetan Buddhist painting or scroll that depicts Maitreya, who is considered a future Buddha in Buddhist tradition. Maitreya is believed to be the Buddha who will appear on Earth in the future, succeeding Gautama Buddha, the historical Buddha.
Thangkas are handcrafted on canvases or silk and are employed as aids for meditative and religious reflection. Renowned for their intricate detail and bright hues, they often feature gilded accents. They often feature Buddhas, deities, bodhisattvas, and distinguished characters from Buddhist culture.
Maitreya Buddha thangkas display Maitreya in a sited position incorporating certain hand gestures and distinct symbols or motifs from Buddhism. Depending on the style and visual language, other figures or elements from Buddhist scriptures may also be present. With intricate detail and vibrant colors, this piece of art brings a sense of calm and serenity to any environment, while also reflecting Buddhist teachings.