This is Maitreya in his traditional pose. He's made of brass sitting on his throne and wearing a crown as befitting the Future Buddha. He stands 8.5 inches.
Maitreya plays many roles in the various Buddhist traditions throughout the Far East. Not only is he the guardian of the Dharma but he is also an intercessor and protector, a guru who personally initiates his devotees, a messenger sent by the Eternal Shakti to rescue her children, a messiah who descends when the world is in turmoil to judge the wicked and save the righteous and, last but not least, he is the Laughing Buddha.
The name Maitreya is taken from the Sanskrit word maitri (Pali, metta), meaning “kindness,” “love,” “benevolence,” “friendship,” “friendliness” or “goodwill.” Thus Maitreya has been referred to as the “Loving One” or the “Friendly One,” the embodiment of all-encompassing love. He is considered by his devotees to be the exemplar of the Bodhisattva path.
According to the traditions of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha prophesied to his disciples that after the planet had been steeped in a period of darkness, Lord Maitreya would descend to earth to preside over an age of enlightenment. Buddhists today await Maitreya’s coming in much the same way that Christians await Jesus’ Second Coming. But whereas Buddhists believe that Maitreya is coming at some future date (some put it at 100's of years, others, thousands, millions and even billions of years from now), others believe that Maitreya has come already in his ascended Light body. Rather than thinking of a past or future boddhisattva, he is gloriously relevant to us, as a very present Buddha at etheric levels, having full Buddhic powers and attainment, which he may transmit to us through teachings, initiations and empowerments.