Buddhist tablet

Historical period(s)
Period of Division, Dated 536 CE
H x W x D (overall): 27.6 x 18.3 x 8.8 cm (10 7/8 x 7 3/16 x 3 7/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Sculpture, Stone

Buddhist tablet

Buddhism, China, lettering, monk, Period of Division (220 - 589), vitarka mudra

Abel William Bahr [1877-1959] or Peter J. Bahr [died circa 1928] [1]

To 1912
N.E. Montross (1849-1932), New York, NY, to 1912 [2]

From 1912 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from N.E. Montross in 1912 [3]

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


[1] See Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. Peter J. Bahr (died circa 1928) and Abel William Bahr (1877-1959) were brothers born in Shanghai. Peter remained in Shanghai. Abel left Shanghai in 1910, after which he lived, at various points in time, in London, Montreal, and Ridgefield, Connecticut. He established a gallery in New York City in 1920.

[2] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 373, p. 117, 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)

N. E. Montross (C.L. Freer source) 1849 - 1932
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Abel William Bahr 1877-1959
Peter Johannes Bahr

Published References
  • Chang Qing. Genuine or Forged: Methods of Identifying Forgeries of Chinese Buddhist Sculptures. vol. 36 Washington and Ann Arbor. p. 99, fig. 17.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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