Round eaves-end tile in style of Todaiji

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 19th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Unglazed earthenware
  • Dimension

    Diam: 32.9 cm (12 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Round tile (eaves-end tile, abumi-gawara); depressed face within broad rim.
    Clay: soft, gray.
    Unglazed, with irregular black and reddish-brown areas.
    Decoration in relief: large circular medallion with inner field containing six ideographs within circles.
    Contains inscriptions.
  • Inscriptions

    Todaiji Daibutsuden, and one "Sanskrit" letter in the center. On the side, molded date, Tempyo-shoho 2 (A.D. 750).
  • Provenance

    To 1904
    Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1904 [1]
    From 1904 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1904 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 1313, p. 289, 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.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Bunkio Matsuki 松木文恭 (1867-1940) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Architectural Element
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