Figure of Avalokiteshvara (Japanese: Kwannon), after statue in Horyuji Temple. Reduced copy

Avalokitesvara after statue in Horiuji Temple. Reduced copy.

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Artist: Kano Tessai (1845-1925)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, early 20th century
Wood, pigment
H (overall): 77.4 cm (30 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Avalokitesvara, Buddhism, copy, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912)

To 1907
Hara Tomitaro (1868-1939), Yokohama, Japan, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Hara Tomitaro, in Japan, in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1211, pg. 30, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Hara Tomitaro is better known by his artistic name, Hara Sankei.

[2] See note 1.

[3] 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) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Hara Tomitaro (C.L. Freer source) 1868-1939


Avalokitesvara after statue in Horiuji Temple. Reduced copy.

Published References
  • Ernest Francisco Fenollosa. Epochs of Chinese and Japanese Art: An Outline History of East Asiatic Design. 2 vols., London and New York. opp. p. 50.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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