Inscribed in stone, bottom center: 677 Printed above image at center: YOUAGE EN CHINE. Printed below image at center: LA LEÄON DE MUSIQUE Le Chinois rentier aime à occuper ses loisirs en cultivant la musique; il prend très volontiers des leçons de clarinette, / d'accordeon, ou de trompe de chasse et malgré l'opinion contraire de ses infortunés voisins il persiste à appeler cela un talent d'agrément! Translation: The well-off Chinese man likes to occupy his leisure time by devoting himself to music; he very willingly takes lessons in clarinet, accordion, or hunting horn, and despite the negative opinion of his unfortunate neighbors he persists in calling this an accomplished talent!
Written in pencil, l.l.: ART. PROOF Signed l.r.: Romas Viesulas 65 On backing, in pencil: From "Notes on Image & Sound" Part II BöLENT ARIEL- Embossed at bottom of sheet, in same technique as print itself: BöLENT AREL "STEREO ELECTRONIC MUSIC #1" (EXCERPT)
The figure is kneeling musician on lotus seat, made of separately carved petals. Below the seat, there is a base, which consists of two lotus-shaped half-sphere, connected up-side-down. The head has two buns, elongated ears, simplified facial parts; the figure wears a pink robe with wide sleeves, holding a sort of instrument with hands.
This musician statue was once part of a set that adorned the interior of the Golden Hall (Kondô) of Hôryûji Temple. It holds a cymbal-like instrument. The lotus flowers indicate that the figure is a Buddhist diety.