Standing figure of Vajrapani (guardian king)


Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, 618-907
Limestone with traces of pigment
H x W x D: 103.2 x 39.4 x 29.5 cm (40 5/8 x 15 1/2 x 11 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 17: Promise of Paradise: Ancient Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Sculpture, Stone

Buddhist sculpture

Buddhism, China, Tang dynasty (618 - 907), Vajrapani

To 1913
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), New York, NY, to 1913 [1]

From 1913 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Abel William Bahr, New York, in 1913 [2]

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


[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 414, p. 129, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) was a collector and dealer born in Shanghai, China. After he left Shanghai in 1910, he lived, at various points in time, in London, Montreal, and Ridgefield, Connecticut. He established a gallery in New York City in 1920.

[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
Abel William Bahr (C.L. Freer source) 1877-1959

Published References
  • Osvald Siren. The Chinese Marble Bust in the Rietberg Museum. vol. 25, no. 1 Ascona, Switzerland. pp. 9-22, fig. 10.
  • pp. 204-205.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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