Although a date from the first decades of the Ming dynasty cannot be ruled out, a Yuan date for this sculpture is compelling. The rock base is quite unlike the standard Ming rock bases found on countless images, and the large feet are typical of established Yuan dynasty images. This is another of those rare sculptures where the individuality of the image transcends its iconographical intent to become a compelling depiction of an individual, albeit only contained in the imagination of the artist. The unusually large head is superbly sculpted with powerful, prominent features and an intriguing expression with an enigmatic smile and narrowed eyes.
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