Soapstone figures of Buddhist subjects appear to be rare. A tianhuang figure of a standing bodhisattva holding an amphora, and wearing a double-strand bead necklace as well as a crown and with similar face and long draped scarf in the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing, is illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji; diaosu bian-6-Yuan Ming Qing diaosu, Beijing, 1988, p. 143, pl. 154.
The inspiration for this rare soapstone figure may have been contemporaneous gilt-bronzes. The swirling shawl, the indication of breasts, the ribbons trailing from the crown are features seen in a gilt-bronze four-armed figure of Manjusri, dated to the Kangxi period, illustrated in the catalogue for the exhibition, Hung Shih Chang and Jessica P.P. Hsu (eds.), Buddhist Art from Rehol, The Chang Foundation and the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, 1999, no. 19.