Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Kannon)

Kannon; in three sections.
Surface: originally gilded; much worn; brown and black patina on worn areas.
Decoration: of halo and base, engraved.

Historical period(s)
Nara period, late 8th century
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D (assembled): 48.3 × 18 × 17.1 cm (19 × 7 1/16 × 6 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1908.9a-d
On View Location
Freer Gallery 09: The Power to See Beauty
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Figure

Keywords
Buddha, Buddhism, casting, engraving, Japan, Late Nara (Tempyo) period (710 - 794)
Provenance

To 1908
Mr. Tamai, Nara, Japan, to 1908 [1]

From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), acquired from Mr. Tamai, through Samurai Shokai, Yokohama, Japan, in 1908 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 42, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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)

Mr. Tamai (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Kannon; in three sections.
Surface: originally gilded; much worn; brown and black patina on worn areas.
Decoration: of halo and base, engraved.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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