Head of a Buddha

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1700
  • Geography

  • Material

    Bronze with glass and mother-of-pearl
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 44.3 x 28 x 24.9 cm (17 7/16 x 11 x 9 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mr. Gadelius (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Provenance

    Unnamed Siamese official [1]
    To 1909
    Mr. Gadelius, to 1909 [2]
    From 1909 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at sale, Collection of Siamese and Cambodian Antiquities, Curios and Relics, American Art Association, New York
    April 6, 1909 [3]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    [1] According to the object record for F1909.48, Curatorial Remark 5, H. E. Buckman, 1964, the Envelope File contained the following note by C. L. Freer, dated February 26, 1918: "Bronze head of Buddha, life sized. Brought to New York City by Mr. Gadelius during the winter of 1908-1909, and sold along with other Siamese and Cambodian objects, at the American Art Galleries, on April 6, 1909. Mr. Gadelius assured me that this head came from the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia; and this statement appears in the catalogue of the sale. I attended the sale personally and purchased at the same time three other heads, S.I. 68 (F1909.49), 69 (F1909.50) and 70 (F1909.51)." According to Curatorial Remark 6, Louise Cort, February 18, 2002, "The catalogue of the sale of Siamese and Cambodian objects (6 April 1909) noted that they had been accumulated over a period of thirty-five years by a Siamese official."
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1. See also, Original Bronze List, S.I. 68, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [4] 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.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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