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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in Water Moon Form (Shuiyue Guanyin)
Date: dated 1385
This powerful figure belongs to a small group of wooden sculptures that can be securely dated, owing to an inscription that also provides rare information regarding its production and intended use. The inscription appears on a plate at the back, part of a chamber that once contained consecratory material. Although a portion of the inscription has abraded, rendering it somewhat difficult to read, it states that the sculpture was produced in 1385 under the direction of a certain individual named Xin Zhongwen, who worked with the inhabitants of a Dongan village to sponsor the creation of the piece. In addition, the inscription names the artists Feng Xiaozhong, who is identified as the Woodcarver-in-Attendance, and his son, and goes on to explain that the sculpture was produced for a temple and served as a guardian of a road.
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