that this Buddha is conservatively dated 19th century, this bust of Shakyamuni
exhibits characteristics of styles tentatively ascribed to a circa 17th century
Qing Buddha. The face of Shakyamuni is typically oval, with slightly down cast
almond shaped eyes appearing both austere and noble. The broad chest, round shoulders
and tapered thin neck are details that point to a strong Tibetan influence, which
in turn is reminiscent of Nepalese Buddha images of the 12th century.
compared with other cast iron statue of similar size, the unusually light weight
of this cast iron Buddha first gave me the impression that it was made of bronze.
Only later on closer observation, the exceptionally dense double spiral snail-shaped
hair curls, and the deeply forged pupils of the Buddha confirmed the fine craftsmanship
and excellent cast iron work.