This piece is also notable on account of its inscription, which identifies its maker as Chen Yanqing, a sculptor who appears to have been active in Hangzhou from the late Yuan to the early 15th century. Surviving examples of Shakyamuni Buddha signed by Chen are rare, although a slightly larger example cast with very similar features, from the collection of Jas R. Herbert Boone, was sold in our New York rooms, 18th/19th April 1989, lot 150A. See also a gilt-bronze figure of Zhenwu signed Chen Yanqing and dated 1439, from the collection of Robert Sonnenschein II, now in the Art Institute of Chicago, illustrated in Stephen Little, Taoism and the Arts of China, Berkeley, 2000, pl. 103; and one depicting Laozi and dated 1438, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated in Daisy Patry Leidy and Donna Strahan, Wisdom Embodied. Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2010, pl. 38.
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