Maitreya, the Future Buddha

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Second half of the 18th century
Gilt copper, turquoise, and traces of original pigments
H x W: 70 x 40.5 cm (27 9/16 x 15 15/16 in)
Mongolia, probably Dolonnor
Credit Line
The Alice S. Kandell Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 26a: The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room
Metalwork, Sculpture


Alice S. Kandell Collection, Buddha, Mongolia, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)

By 1940s-?
Irania Korvin, method of acquisition unknown [1]

Daughter of Irania Korvin, probably by gift or by descent [2]

Philip Rudko, purchased from the daughter of Irania Korvin [3]

Alice S. Kandell, purchased from Philip Rudko [4]

From 2011
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Alice S. Kandell [5]

[1] See acquisition justification titled, “Shakyamuni Buddha in a Full Shrine, Offered as a gift from Alice S. Kandell to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art,” 2011, copy in object file. The acquisition justification states, “The Maitreya was brought to the United States from Shanghai in the late 1940s by a Russian opera singer, Irania Korvin. Korvin had the sculpture in Shanghai during the 1940s, where she was stranded during the second world war. In the early 1970s, when Korvin was living in Queens, New York, she met Phil Rudko. Korvin’s daughter eventually sold the Maitreya (and a standing drum) to Phil Rudko in the 1980s.”

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1. Philip Rudko, born just outside New York City in northern New Jersey, is a Russian Orthodox priest and art conservator, specializing in Tibetan objects. He works with the collector Alice Kandell as the curator of her personal collection.

[4] See note 1. Alice S. Kandell is a private collector, who for decades acquired hundreds of bronze sculptures, thangkas, textile banners, painted furniture and ritual implements. Her interest in Tibetan art and culture began during her college years, when she took the first of many trips to Sikkim, Tibet and Ladakh. Throughout her career as a child psychologist in New York, she continued to pursue her love of Tibetan Buddhist sacred art, traveling, collecting and documenting the art and culture of the region in two books of photography, “Sikkim: The Hidden Kingdom” (Doubleday) and “Mountaintop Kingdom: Sikkim” (Norton).

[5] See Deed of Gift, dated March 18, 2011, copy in object file.

Research Completed December 8, 2022

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Philip J. Rudko
Irania Korvin
Alice S. Kandell

Published References
  • Marylin M. Rhie, Robert A.F. Thurman. A Shrine for Tibet: The Alice S. Kandell Collection. New York and London. I-12, 72-73.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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