After our usual visit to the Hillsborough farmer's market (Eno River Market) and walk downtown, we headed to Duke Gardens which had been flooded the evening before. The rain came from a storm which diverted my flight home to nearby Greensboro for fuel and to wait for the downpour to pass the Raleigh-Durham airport. Water was still high, and brown in the big duck pond. I parked myself on a step before this spirit house and drew it while Dearest took photos until she was about ready to pass out from the heat.
I've never observed this piece so closely before. Somehow I felt the ornamentation is Western, not from Asia... I can't put my finger on it, but the carving, shapes, proportions, etc. seem too expected, too classical. Does anyone know more about this?
Click image for a slightly larger view. Pencil and pen in drawing pad - 8.5 x 10 inches.