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This Day in Freer History: January 3, 1905
<p>I am confident that quality should be the standard. . . . A collectors guiding principle More than a century ago, on January 3, 1905, collector and museum-founder-to-be Charles Lang Freer shared a simple yet pithy thought about quality over quantity, defining quality as a primary criterion for collecting art. On a cold Tuesday in &#8230;</p>
detail, metalwork bird/drinking vessel

Anachronistic Artworks: Connecting Steampunk to Ancient Chinese Art
<p>For the past two years, I have been a member of the Teen Council at the Freer and Sackler. At our meetings, we have the opportunity to explore the collections and learn more about the works on view. One of my favorite objects can be related to a quirky genre of modern literature. In gallery &#8230;</p>

Meeting our Mentors
<p>When you visit an art museum, you might see objects worth far more than your college debt. You might encounter a gaggle of tourists taking selfies or sidestep a security guard who gives you a wary side-eye look. Sure, you could come upon all of these things while perusing the galleries, but have you ever &#8230;</p>

Unrooted from the Northern Qi
<p>Buddhist art in China rose in prominence during the Northern Qi dynasty (550577). The array of limestone Buddhist sculptures on view in gallery 17 hints at their popularity. Northern Qi sculptures, often identified by their simplistic yet elegant form, were influenced by the Gupta style from India. The Cosmic Buddha, one of the most important &#8230;</p>

Why Watercolors, Whistler?
<p>As a curatorial intern at the Freer and Sackler during the summer of 2019, I was able to view the exhibition Whistler in Watercolor numerous times. My personal favorite work is Flower Market: Dieppe, which Whistler painted in 1885. Whistler successfully conveys the liveliness of the bustling outdoor market. He achieves this by combining colors &#8230;</p>

Mountains, Museums, and the Mekong Delta: Travels in Vietnam
<p>Emma Natalya Stein, Freer|Sackler curatorial fellow for Southeast Asian art, shares scenes from her recent journey to Vietnam. Throughout premodern Southeast Asia, mountaintop areas were selected for development of spacious temple complexes that attracted religious practitioners. Called rishis, meaning ascetics or sages, these practitioners sought to temporarily escape the trappings of daily life and concentrate &#8230;</p>

The Plain Pier of Beautiful Harmonies
<p>During my internship at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, I became aware of a series of complicated ventures made by a single artist, James McNeill Whistler. The Freer Gallerys collection of art and writing by Whistler provides insight into the artists life, from prosperity to bankruptcy and from notoriety to semi-redemption and eventually international fame. &#8230;</p>
Jiro Ueda positions the handscroll for reflectance imaging spectroscopy

Scientific Imaging of a Japanese Handscroll
<p>The fragile Japanese narrative handscroll Miraculous Interventions of Jizo Bosatsu (F1907.375a) dates to the thirteenth century and has one of the earliest depictions of the bodhisattva Jizo in Japanese art. Buddhist themes were popular in early Japanese narrative painting beginning in the late twelfth century. Among Japans most revered bodhisattva Jizo was worshiped as a protector of &#8230;</p>

The Sogdians: Influencers on the Silk Roads
<p>Who were the Sogdians? While mostly lost to history, these ancient people of the Silk Roads shaped the world around themnot with an empire or an army but through trade. One of the first references to the Sogdians dates to the fifth century BCE. They were known for their importance on the trade routes that &#8230;</p>
assortment of food dishes

Lunar New Year: Then and Now
<p>For as long as I can remember, Lunar New Year has been the highlight of my year. Growing up in Taipei, Taiwan, I would receive red envelopes filled with money from my parents, grandparents, older relatives, and sometimes family friends. My grandmother was known for throwing very festive New Year gatherings with a spread of &#8230;</p>