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H x W x D: 67 x 289.8 x 9.8 cm (26 3/8 x 114 1/8 x 3 7/8 in)
Pakistan or Afghanistan
late 2nd-early 3rd century
Kushan dynasty
? and ?-?
Carnig Kevorkian, purchased in Dargeelin, near Pishavar (now Peshawar), India (now Pakistan) [1]
Hagop Kevorkian, New York, NY, acquired from Carnig Kevorkian [2]
From 1949
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian [3]
[1] On May 15, 1956, Curator John A. Pope wrote to Hagop Kevorkian inquiring about this object’s provenance. See outgoing letter from John A. Pope to Hagop Kevorkian, dated May 15, 1956, copy in object file.
On May 17, 1956, Kevorkian replied that “[t]he Ghandaran [Gandharan] slab was bought in two trips to India by my brother, at Dargeelin near Pishavar [(now Peshawar)], North India [(now Pakistan)]. One part was excavated first and the next year the rest of the set was offered to him.” See John A. Pope, object record sheet remark, dated 1956, p. 2, copy in object file. A copy of Kevorkian’s May 17, 1956 correspondence is not in the object file. Pope transcribed Kevorkian’s reply onto the object record sheet.
Carnig Kevorkian is a dealer and collector of Ancient Near Eastern, Islamic, and Indian art in Paris, France. In 1923, Carnig opened Galerie Kevorkian at 21 quai Malaquais in Paris, where it has remained ever since. Carnig’s daughter Anne-Marie Kevorkian (1929-2013) and granddaughter Corinne, took over management of Galerie Kevorkian in 1964 and 2006, respectively.
[2] See note 1.
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962) was a dealer and collector of Islamic art with eponymous galleries in New York and Paris.
[3] See object file for copy of Hagop Kevorkian invoice to Freer Gallery of Art, dated June 27, 1949, and marked approved on July 1, 1949.?The object is described as “Stone Relief, life of the Buddha, Ghandharan [Gandharan] Art.”
Research updated April 6, 2023
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Body Image (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas (October 16, 2004 to January 3, 2016)
Buddhist Art (May 9, 1993 to September 21, 2004)
The Arts of South Asia (May 13, 1985 to December 2, 1985)
The Ramayana (July 18, 1983 to April 15, 1984)
Hindu and Buddhist Art (April 1, 1982 to July 18, 1983)
Hindu and Buddhist Art (January 28, 1981 to September 24, 1981)
Indian Art (January 1, 1963 to January 28, 1981)
Untitled Exhibition, South Asian Art, Gallery 8 (July 15, 1958 to January 1, 1963)
Centennial Exhibition, West Corridor (February 25, 1956 to July 11, 1958)
Untitled Exhibition, South Asian Paintings and Sculpture (October 2, 1947 to February 25, 1956)
Previous custodian or owner:
Carnig Kevorkian (b. 1870s)
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962)
Buddhism  Search this
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Kushan dynasty (1st century BCE - 299 CE)  Search this
enlightenment  Search this
parinirvana  Search this
Queen Maya  Search this
bodhi tree  Search this
Afghanistan  Search this
Pakistan  Search this
monk  Search this
preaching  Search this
South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
Credit Line:
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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On View:
Freer Gallery 02: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
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