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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Yaoyang, Hebei province, China
  • Material

    Bronze with gilding
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 15.5 × 6.6 × 5.3 cm (6 1/8 × 2 5/8 × 2 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Surface: Gilded; brownish incrustation.
    Decoration: details engraved. Inscription.
  • Inscriptions

    Translation: "On the 12th day of the 2nd month in the 6th year of Tai Ho, the Northern Wei dynasty [483 A.D.] Buddhist Liu Yi-tung and his brother Yi Li had this image of Kuan-yin the Goddess of Mercy, made in honor of their aunt."
    The inscription reads: "T'ai-ho liu-nien sui jen-hsu erh-yueh shih-erh-jih Yao-yang Hsien Liu I-t'ung I-li hsiung ti erh-jen wei wang po-mu tsao Kuan-shih-yin hsiang i-ch'u ? ? ? ? ta shao ch'ang wu mi-le hui" [Chn]. It can be rendered: "On the 12th day of the 2nd month in the 6th year of T'ai-ho (March 17, 482 A.D.), the cycle of "jen-hsu," the brothers Liu I-t'ung and I-li of Yao-yang Hsien had this image of Kuan-yin made on behalf of their deceased aunt....Buddhist assembly.
  • Provenance

    To 1911
    Ye Shing Wher, China, to 1911 [1]
    From 1911 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ye Shing Wher in 1911 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 286, 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

    Ye Shing Wher (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Yaoyang, Hebei province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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