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H x W x D: 151.3 x 62.9 x 31.3 cm (59 9/16 x 24 3/4 x 12 5/16 in)
Weight (without concrete base): 818.5 pounds
probably Henan province, China
Northern Qi dynasty
Taku Shanfang, Beijing, method of acquisition unknown [1]
From 1923
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased by Carl Whiting Bishop (1881-1942) from Taku Shanfang, Beijing [2]
[1] See Original Bishop List, Objects of Stone, No. S-9, copy in object file.
[2] Carl Whiting Bishop purchased this on behalf of the Freer Gallery of Art on December 24, 1923, in Beijing from the art dealer, Taku Shanfang. See note 1. In 1922, the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston jointly appointed Bishop, a trained archaeologist, as the leader of a four-year archaeological expedition to China. Around the same time, the Freer Gallery of Art appointed Bishop as a curator and charged him with purchasing works for the museum while abroad. This work was first accepted into the Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection in December 1923. In 1968, it was transferred to the Permanent Collection of the Freer Gallery of Art. See Bishop Collection, Collections Management Office.
Research updated April 18, 2023
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Promise of Paradise (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D (January 30, 2016 to July 9, 2017)
Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture (December 1, 2012 to January 3, 2016)
Buddhist Art (May 9, 1993 to August 9, 2011)
Buddhist Art (May 9, 1993 to September 21, 2004)
Chinese Art—Stone Sculpture (September 1, 1979 to March 14, 1982)
Chinese Art (January 1, 1963 to March 6, 1981)
Previous custodian or owner:
Taku Shanfang
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Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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On View:
Freer Gallery 17: Promise of Paradise
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery