Possibly Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Guanyin)

citation

Maitreya. Box no longer with item
Surface: gilded; brown patina on worn portions.
Detachable halo. Inscription on the pedestal.

Historical period(s)
Northern Qi dynasty, Period of Division, 561
Medium
Bronze with gilding
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 22.6 x 7.8 x 6.4 cm (8 7/8 x 3 1/16 x 2 1/2 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1919.81a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Figure

Keywords
abhaya mudra, bodhisattva, Buddhism, casting, China, gilding, Guanyin, inscription, lotus, mandorla, Northern Qi dynasty (550 - 577), Period of Division (220 - 589)
Provenance

To 1919
You Xiaoxi (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1919 [1]

1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi, in New York, in 1919 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 1460, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Curatorial Remark 5, H.C. Lovell, 1974, in the object record.

[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
You Xiaoxi (C.L. Freer source) late 19th-early 20th century

Description

Maitreya. Box no longer with item
Surface: gilded; brown patina on worn portions.
Detachable halo. Inscription on the pedestal.

Published References
  • 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. 205d.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum