Figure of a bodhisattva

Historical period(s)
Ming or Qing dynasty, 15th-19th century
Earthenware with white slip and traces of red, green and black pigment
H x W x D (overall): 32.2 x 15.5 x 11.5 cm (12 11/16 x 6 1/8 x 4 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Sculpture


bodhisattva, China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)

To 1905
Thomas E. Waggaman (1839-1906), Washington, DC, to 1905 [1]

Yamanaka & Company, purchased at the sale of the Waggaman Collection, American Art Association, New York, NY, January 25-February 3, 1905, no. 2434 [2]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, in 1905 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] The Waggaman Collection sale took place place at the American Art Galleries from January 25-February 3. This piece was sold as #2434 (not #2404) on the last day toward the end of a long run of "miscellaneous" Japanese ceramics. See Curatorial Remark 9, Louise Cort, March 4, 2011,and Curatorial Remark 10, Louise Cort, March 10, 2011, in the object record.

[2] See Original Pottery List, L. 1335, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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)

Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Thomas E. Waggaman 1839 - 1906
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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