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Copper alloy, turquoise inset
H x W x D: 95.3 × 69.5 × 46.4 cm (37 1/2 × 27 3/8 × 18 1/4 in)
late 16th-early 17th century
To Late 1980s
Samten Lama, method of acquisition unknown [1]
Late 1980s
Philip Rudko, purchased from Samten Lama through a Manhattan art dealer acting as a consigner in New York, NY [2]
From Late 1980s to 2020
Alice Kandell, purchased from Philip Rudko in New York, NY [3]
From 2020
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Alice Kandell, New York, NY [4]
[1] According to Philip Rudko, interviewed by Joanna M. Gohmann on November 6, 2020, notes in accession file. Rudko recalls seeing the object in a "Manhattan art dealer's gallery" and purchasing it shortly thereafter.
[2] See interview referenced in note 1. Upon purchasing the object, Rudko sold it immediately to Alice Kandell.
Philip Rudko, born just outside New York City in northern New Jersey, is a Russian Orthodox priest and art conservator, specializing in Tibetan objects. He works with the collector Alice Kandell as the curator of her personal collection.
[3] See interview referenced in note 1. Alice Kandell is a private collector, who for decades acquired hundreds of bronze sculptures, thangkas, textile banners, painted furniture and ritual implements. Her interest in Tibetan art and culture began during her college years, when she took the first of many trips to Sikkim, Tibet and Ladakh. Throughout her career as a child psychologist in New York, she continued to pursue her love of Tibetan Buddhist sacred art, traveling, collecting and documenting the art and culture of the region in two books of photography, Sikkim: The Hidden Kingdom (Doubleday) and Mountaintop Kingdom: Sikkim (Norton).
[4] The object was formally accessioned into the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection on December 18, 2020. See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file.
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Exhibition History:
The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room (March 12, 2022 - ongoing)
Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia (October 14, 2017 to February 6, 2022)
Previous custodian or owner:
Alice S. Kandell
Philip J. Rudko
Samten Lama
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South Asian and Himalayan Art  Search this
Alice S. Kandell Collection  Search this
Credit Line:
The Alice S. Kandell Collection
Accession Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
On View:
Sackler Gallery 26a: The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery