Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1904 
From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1904 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 1313, p. 289, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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.
- Previous Owner(s)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940
Bearing the six Chinese characters for the name "Todaiji Daibutsuden" in six circles surrounding a central Sanskrit letter, this eaves-end tile imitates the type of roof tile made for the roof of the hall housing the main image at Todaiji in Nara in the eighth century. The tiles were replicated on several occasions when the temple underwent major reconstruction, and they were probably produced regularly to make minor repairs to the roof. Such tiles are reported to have been faked and marketed as antiques during the Meiji era.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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