Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Guanyin)

citation

Wood stand.
Surface: dull brown and grayish-green patina; traces of gilt.
Decoration: In low relief and engraved. Inscription.

Historical period(s)
Sui dynasty, 583
Medium
Bronze with gilding
Dimensions
H x W: 25.3 x 6 cm (9 15/16 x 2 3/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1911.140a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Figure

Keywords
bodhisattva, Buddhism, casting, China, gilding, Guanyin, incense, inscription, kalasa, kundika, Sui dynasty (581 - 618)
Provenance

To 1911
Yamanaka & Company, Kyoto, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1911 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 295, 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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)

Description

Wood stand.
Surface: dull brown and grayish-green patina; traces of gilt.
Decoration: In low relief and engraved. Inscription.

Inscription(s)

Translation: "On the 8th day of the 4th month in the 3rd year of K'ai Huang, Sui Dynasty [A.D. 584], Buddhist Lin Kuei-yuan had this image of Kuan-yin made in honor of his Buddhist faith."

The inscription reads: "K'ai-huang san-nien ssu-yueh pa-jih fo-ti-tzu Liu Keui-yuan tsao ch'i-k'u Kuan-shih-yin hsiang i-ch'u yuan hsien ch'i-shih hsien-ling...tsai t'ien chien tsai........Liu.....meng t'ing chin pai" [Chn]. It can be partially translated: "On the 8th day of the 4th month in the 3rd year of K'ai-huang [May 4th, 583 A.D.], Buddhist Liu Kuei-yuan had this image made of Kuan-shih-yin who is a haven to suffering, on behalf of his ancestors of seven generations..."

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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