we have, for the first time,
something immensely and movingly momentous.
We have the revelation of the human face.
It's a tiny thing, it can
just go in the palm of your hand.
This is exquisite.
There are downward strokes and sideward strokes
there is carving and gouging and polishing and scraping.
刻 鑿 磨 刮
Every kind of extraordinary craft is applied
to give this face what we have to say is its personality.
a dig is made below the forehead
to suggest the presence of eyes.
Those eyes are hauntingly vivid.
They only become eyes when a shadow falls over
that passage in the head.
So this little piece would have been turned into the light
and as it was turned into the light, the shadow would have fallen
and suddenly we have eyes as well as that beautiful nose
and this extraordinary hair falling down the nape of the neck.