Lateral stretcher from the base of a funerary couch with Sogdian musicians and a dancer

Historical period(s)
Period of Division, Northern Qi dynasty, 550-577
Medium
Grey marble with traces of pigment
Dimensions
H x W x D: 19.3 x 96.4 x 15.9 cm (7 5/8 x 37 15/16 x 6 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Henan province, Probably Ce xian
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1915.109
On View Location
Freer Gallery 16: Center of the World: China and the Silk Road
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Type

Buddhist sculpture

Keywords
Buddhism, China, dance, funerary, musician, Northern Qi dynasty (550 - 577), Period of Division (220 - 589), pipa
Provenance

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]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 683, pg. 163, 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)

Lai-Yuan and Company (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Published References
  • Chugoku bijutsu (Chinese Art in Western Collections). 5 vols., Tokyo, 1972-1973. pl. 51.
  • Sekai bijutsu zenshu (A Complete Collection of World Art). 40 vols., Tokyo, 1960-1966. pl. 6.
  • Laurence Sickman Alexander Coburn Soper. The Art and Architecture of China. The Pelican History of Art London and Baltimore. pls. 40-41.
  • Sigisbert Chr├ętien Bosch Reitz. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture. Exh. cat. New York. pl. 331.
  • Sascha Priewe. Das Zhangdefu-Sargbett; Grundlegende Fragen Erneut Gestellt (Re-examination of a Sogdian Funerary Bed). vol. 17 Berlin. pp. 15-24.
  • Emma C. Bunker. The Spirit Kings in Sixth Century Chinese Buddhist Sculpture. vol. 18 Honolulu. p. 33, fig. 19.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 76, p. 172.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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