Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kannon)

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The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kannon).
Pedestal. Box. Wood; lacquered and gilded. Surface worn and incrusted, only vestiges of gilding remaining. Agate urna inset. Ornaments of bronze filigree (blackened), with insets and attachments of glass and pottery. Sanskrit character under glass inset in the headdress.

Historical period(s)
Heian period, 9th or 10th century
Medium
Wood with lacquer and gilding
Dimensions
H x W x D (figure on base): 59.8 x 35.4 x 32.3 cm (23 9/16 x 13 15/16 x 12 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1909.344a-l
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Lacquer, Sculpture
Type

Figure

Keywords
Avalokitesvara, Buddhism, gilding, Heian period (794 - 1185), Japan
Provenance

To 1909
Count Tanaka, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Count Tanaka through Samurai Shokai, Yokohama, in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 172, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Count Tanaka (C.L. Freer source)

Description

The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kannon).
Pedestal. Box. Wood; lacquered and gilded. Surface worn and incrusted, only vestiges of gilding remaining. Agate urna inset. Ornaments of bronze filigree (blackened), with insets and attachments of glass and pottery. Sanskrit character under glass inset in the headdress.

Published References
  • Catalogue of the Inaugural Exhibition, June 6-September 20, 1916. Exh. cat. Cleveland, June 6 - September 20, 1916. p. 300, fig. 9.
  • Mizuno Keisaburo. Japanese Arts. Tokyo. .
  • pp. 82-83.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum