As translated in Robert Bigler, Art and Faith at the Crossroads, Zurich, 2013, p. 72, the inscription reads that the present figure was "commissioned by Zhou Fu to repay the Four Kindnesses (of mother, father, Tathagata and the teaching of the Doctrine)". He instructed the craftsmen to cast a total of 5048 gold images of Shakyamuni Buddha for the further spreading of the Law on an auspicious day of the 4th month of the bingzi year of Hongwu (1396).
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