Reliquary in the form of a miniature sarcophagus


Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, 8th century
Bronze with gilding
H x W x D: 36.7 x 17 x 33.5 cm (14 7/16 x 6 11/16 x 13 3/16 in)
China, purportedly from Henan province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 17: Promise of Paradise: Ancient Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

Buddhist sculpture

Buddhism, China, funerary, gilding, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)

To 1915
Lai-Yuan and Company, New York to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lai-Yuan and Company in 1915 [2]

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


[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 674, 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
Lai-Yuan and Company (C.L. Freer source)

Published References
  • Sigisbert Chr├ętien Bosch Reitz. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture. Exh. cat. New York. pl. 342.
  • Langdon Warner. The Freer Gift of Eastern Art to America. vol. 23, no. 8 New York, August. p. 590.
  • Osvald Siren. Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century: Over 900 Specimens in Stone, Bronze, Lacquer and Wood, Principally from Northern China. 4 vols., London. pl. 420.
  • Miura Hidenosuke. To-so seikwa (Selected Relics of T'ang and Sung Dynasties from Collections in Europe and America). Osaka, 1928-1929. pls. 54-55.
  • Mary Augusta Nourse. The Four Hundred Million: A Short Story of the Chinese., 1st ed. Indianapolis and New York. opp. p. 106.
  • Capolavori nei secoli: Enciclopedia di tutte i popoli in tutti i tempi. 12 vols., Milan, 1961 - 1964. p. 43.
  • Hugo Munsterberg. Chinese Buddhist Bronzes., 1st ed. Tokyo and Rutland, VT. pl. 128.
  • Mario Bussagli. Chinese Bronzes. London and New York. p. 150, pl. 70.
  • Hakutsura Bijutsukan. Old Chinese Art. Osaka. pl. 53.
  • Kalidas Nag. Art and Archaeology Abroad: A Report Intended Primarily for Indian Students Desiring to Specialize in those Subjects in the Research Centres of Europe and America. Calcutta. pl. 7, fig. 13.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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