Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

Statuette of Guanyin, holding lotus flower in left hand and bottle in right hand.
Surface: dark brown and green patina and remains of a copper-colored gilding; grayish earth incrustation.

Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, 618-907
Medium
Bronze with gilding
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9.8 × 3.8 × 3 cm (3 7/8 × 1 1/2 × 1 3/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1912.91
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Figure

Keywords
Buddhism, casting, China, gilding, Guanyin, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Provenance

To 1912
Kiroku Adachi, Nagoya, Japan, to 1912 [1]

From 1912 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Kiroku Adachi through Samurai Shokai, Yokohama, Japan, in 1912 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 387, 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)

Kiroku Adachi (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Statuette of Guanyin, holding lotus flower in left hand and bottle in right hand.
Surface: dark brown and green patina and remains of a copper-colored gilding; grayish earth incrustation.

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