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Standing Bodhisattva

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    550-577
  • Geography

    southern Xiangtangshan, Cave 2, Hebei province, China
  • Material

    Limestone with traces of pigment
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 172.5 x 51.8 x 42.9 cm (67 15/16 x 20 3/8 x 16 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1968.45
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1968.45

Object Details

  • Provenance

    Originally located in Cave 2, southern Xiangtangshan, Hebei province, China. [1]
    1914
    Charles Vignier (1863-1934), Paris and C. T. Loo (1880-1957), Paris, in April 1914. [2]
    From at least 1916 to 1968
    Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), New York, Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY, purchased from C. T. Loo, not later than March 13, 1916. [3]
    From 1968
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Agnes E. Meyer in 1968. [4]
    Notes:
    [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 http://xts.uchicago.edu/, accessed on August 2010. 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. 208-209, cat. no. 22 (ill.).
    [2] The sculpture was published in April 1914 as owned by Charles Vignier, a symbolist poet, dealer, and collector, see "Early Chinese Sculpture," The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs vol. 25, no. 133 (April 1914), pp. 40, 43 (pl. 2, D). C. T. Loo shared with Vignier the ownership of this and other Xiangtangshan sculptures published in the Burlington Magazine article. According to Loo, it was his Beijing office that secured the sculptures in China, see C. T. Loo, "Preface" in C. T. Loo and Co., An Exhibition of Chinese Stone Sculptures (New York: C. T. Loo and Co., 1940), np.
    See also J. Keith Wilson and Daisy Yiyou Wang 2010, pp. 107-108.
    [3] See Eugene Meyer’s letter to S. C. Bosch-Reitz, dated March 13, 1916, Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives, New York. In the letter, Meyer stated that he had acquired the sculpture recently and offered to loan it to the Metropolitan Museum. See also Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 11, no. 5 (May 1916), p. 120-121 and C. T. Loo, "Preface" in C. T. Loo and Co. 1940. The sculpture was returned to the Meyers probably by the end of 1916; the Meyers lent it again to the Metropolitan Museum from 1923 to 1934. See correspondence between Agnes E. Meyer and S. C. Bosch-Reitz, September 1923 and correspondence between Agnes E. Meyer and H. E. Winlock, November 1934, Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives. The sculpture was published in Osvald Sirén, Chinese Sculpture From the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century (London: Benn, Ltd., 1925), vol. 1, p. 129, vol. 4, pl. 472.
    [4] See Agnes E. Meyer's Deed of Gift, dated July 24, 1967, where the sculpture is listed as no. 29 in the document's Annex, copy in object file. The object was accessioned to the Freer Gallery's collection in 1968.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Promise of Paradise (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture (December 1, 2012 to January 3, 2016)
    Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan (February 26, 2011 to January 6, 2013)
    Buddhist Art (May 9, 1993 to August 9, 2011)
    Buddhist Art (May 9, 1993 to September 21, 2004)
    Chinese Art—Stone Sculpture (September 1, 1979 to March 14, 1982)
    Chinese Art (January 1, 1963 to March 6, 1981)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles Vignier (1863-1934)
    C. T. Loo 盧芹齋 (1880-1957)
    Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer ((1875-1959) and (1887-1970))
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970)
  • Origin

    southern Xiangtangshan, Cave 2, Hebei province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
  • Type

    Sculpture
  • On View

    Freer Gallery 17: Promise of Paradise
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