Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Kannon)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    9th or 10th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Wood with lacquer and gilding
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (figure on base): 59.8 x 35.4 x 32.3 cm (23 9/16 x 13 15/16 x 12 11/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kannon).
    Pedestal. Box. Wood; lacquered and gilded. Surface worn and incrusted, only vestiges of gilding remaining. Agate urna inset. Ornaments of bronze filigree (blackened), with insets and attachments of glass and pottery. Sanskrit character under glass inset in the headdress.
  • Provenance

    To 1909
    Count Tanaka, to 1909 [1]
    From 1909 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Count Tanaka through Samurai Shokai, Yokohama, in 1909 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 172, 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
  • Exhibition History

    Moonlight and Clouds: Silver and Gold in the Arts of Japan (November 11, 2008 to November 11, 2009)
    Freer: A Taste for Japanese Art (July 1, 2006 to January 1, 2007)
    Japanese Art (May 9, 1993 to November 21, 1995)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 1 and 2 (February 25, 1956 to January 1, 1963)
    Japanese Paintings and Sculpture (May 2, 1923 to January 5, 1928)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Count Tanaka (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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