THE XIAO HONGNAHAI ANTHROPOMORPHIC STONE SCULPTURE. 183CM (H) (ABOVE GROUND), 50CM (W), C. EARLY 7TH CENTURY. AFTER: STARK 2008, P. 469, FIG. 3 C)-E) – TAASA Review December 2012
be made in terms of facial characteristics, attire, shape and size of the figure, hair styles (if depicted), facial characteristics, items carried on the belt, the type of vessel held, and so on.
Some also carry inscriptions.
Many Türkic stone sculptures only appear to show schematic clothing with little detail, however scholars have argued that at least some were painted and may have had other details added to them such as real hair and clothing (Ermolenko 2004: 238 and 2008: 126-8). Like the deer stones, Türkic anthropomorphic stones were associated with funerary or commemoration cults probably relating to the upper strata of Türkic society...