Head of a Buddha

Historical period(s)
Lan Na period, ca. 1500
Bronze with traces of gilding
H x W x D: 31.7 x 21.6 x 20.8 cm (12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 8 3/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Sculpture

Buddhist sculpture

Buddha, Buddhism, casting, gilding, Lan Na period (1251 - 1774), Thailand, ushnisha

Unnamed Siamese official [1]

To 1909
Mr. Gadelius, to 1909 [2]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of Siamese and Cambodian Collection, American Art Association, New York April 6, 1909 [3]

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


[1] According to Curatorial Remark 5, H. E. Buckman, 1964, in the object record, the Envelope File contained the following note by C. L. Freer, dated February 26, 1918: "Bronze head of Buddha, life sized. Brought to New York City by Mr. Gadelius during the winter of 1908-1909, and sold along with other Siamese and Cambodian objects, at the American Art Galleries, on April 6, 1909. Mr. Gadelius assured me that this head came from the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia; and this statement appears in the catalogue of the sale. I attended the sale personally and purchased at the same time three other heads, S.I. 68 (F1909.49), 69 (F1909.50) and 70 (F1909.51)." According to Curatorial Remark 6, Louise Cort, February 18, 2002, "The catalogue of the sale of Siamese and Cambodian objects (6 April 1909) noted that they had been accumulated over a period of thirty-five years by a Siamese official."

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1. See also, Original Bronze List, S.I. 67, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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)

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

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
F|S Southeast Asia
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