A rare dated and inscribed bronze figure of Buddha from North China. Finely cast seated in dhyanasana on an ovoid plinth banded with a double lotus petals base. His head displaying downcast eyes beneath a hairline of tight curls. His hands in dhyana and bhumisparsa mudra. The robs are tied over one shoulder. One thumb is missing.
On the back of the statue is inscribed:
In Zhi Li Province, Bao Ding Prefecture, Bo Ye County in Sung Village, the faithful Chen Hong and his wives of the Wu and Qi surnames and his older and younger brothers made this of their heartfelt devotion. The artisan was Zhang Cong. Dated 1487(Cheng Hua 23, Ming Dynasty).
It is in great condition. H: 11 ¼ inches, L: 8 inches, W: 5 inches