Portrait of a Han emperor

Historical period(s)
Possibly Yuan dynasty, 1279-1368
Medium
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 145.5 x 83.1 cm (57 5/16 x 32 11/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1911.28
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Keywords
China, emperor, portrait, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance

To 1911
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), London, England, and New York, NY, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Abel William Bahr, London and New York, in 1911 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Makimono and Kakemono List, L. 897, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) was a collector and dealer born in Shanghai, China. After he left Shanghai in 1910, he lived, at various points in time, in London, Montreal, and Ridgefield, Connecticut. He established a gallery in New York City in 1920.
This object exhibits seals, colophons, or inscriptions that could provide additional information regarding the object’s history; see Curatorial Remarks in the object record for further details.

[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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Abel William Bahr (C.L. Freer source) 1877-1959

Published References
  • Laurence Binyon. Painting in the Far East: An Introduction to the History of Pictorial Art in Asia Especially China and Japan., 1st ed. London and New York, 1908 - 1969. pl. 2.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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