Buddha of the future
Miroku is the Japanese name of Maitreya, the successor to the historical Buddhas Shakyamuni. When mappō has brought the current era to a close, Miroku is supposed to descend from the Tushita Heaven (Jap. Tossotsuten) to usher in a new age of the dharma.
As with the images of Kannon, over the ages, Miroku came to be depicted more androgynously.
Ghandara, 3rd cent.
Japan’s best-known Miroku Kōryūji, Kyoto
anime style vision