Kneeling winged monster

Detail of a pattern
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On View
  • Period

  • Geography

    Northern Xiangtangshan, North Cave, Hebei province, China
  • Material

    Limestone relief
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 80.5 x 55.7 x 30.5 cm (31 11/16 x 21 15/16 x 12 in)
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Object Details

  • Previous custodian or owner

    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
  • Provenance

    Originally located in the North Cave, northern Xiangtangshan, Hebei province, China [1]
    From at least 1950 to 1953
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York, from at least April 27, 1950 [2]
    From 1953
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on July 10, 1953 [3]
    [1] The removal of the sculpted figures and fragments from the Xiangtangshan caves began ca. 1909 at the time of political upheaval in China and continued throughout several decades, see, accessed on November 9, 2009. See also J. Keith Wilson and Daisy Yiyou Wang, "The Early-Twentieth-Century 'Discovery' of the Xiangtangshan Caves," in Katherine R. Tsiang et al., Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan, exh. cat. (Chicago: Smart Museum of Art; Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2010), pp. 106-129 and Katherine R. Tsiang and J. Keith Wilson, "Catalogue of Works in the Exhibition," in Katherine R. Tsiang et al., Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan, 2010, pp. 180-181, cat. no. 11 (ill.).
    [2] See C. T. Loo's letter to Archibald Wenley, dated April 27, 1950, in which Loo discusses shipping the sculpture along with F1953.87 to the Freer Gallery, and "List of Objects Shipped to the Freer Gallery of Art", attached to the letter, copy in object file.
    See also Loo's stockcard no. NN: "Two stone sculptures, Demons," Frank Caro Archives, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file.
    [3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated July 10, 1953, copy in object file.
  • Origin

    Northern Xiangtangshan, North Cave, Hebei province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 17: Promise of Paradise
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