The lengthy inscription refers to the name Sheng Ming and includes the cyclical date gui wei. It also includes the names of three donors, two illegible, the other reading Zhang XingMmng.
Sheng Ming is known, but his reign dates are not. His Kingdom was Hou Li in Yunnan province. Interestingly, a similar seated bronze figure, perhaps the most comparable, in the Cleveland Museum of Art, illustrated in Fojiao Diaosu Mingping Tulu (An Illustrated Collection of Famous Buddhist Sculptures), Beijing, 1995, p. 147, no. 139, is dated to 937-1094 and ascribed to the kingdom of Da Li, which was the earlier name for the kingdom of Hou Li
A similar seated bronze Buddha dated to the Five Dynasties (907-960) from the Nitta Group Collection, also wearing an unusual armlet, was included in the exhibition, The Crucible of Compassion and Wisdom, National Palace Museum, Taipei, Catalogue, p. 185, pl. 89. Another was sold in our London rooms, June 16, 1986, lot 15, with a thermoluminescence test result dating it to the Liao dynasty (907-1125)