Seated Bodhisattva

Historical period(s)
Northern Qi dynasty, 550-577
Limestone with traces of gesso and pigment
H x W x D: 118 x 75.7 x 47.3 cm (46 7/16 x 29 13/16 x 18 5/8 in)
China, Hebei province, Fengfeng, northern Xiangtangshan, North Cave
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 17: Promise of Paradise: Ancient Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Sculpture, Stone


bodhisattva, Buddhism, cave, China, halo, lotus, Maitreya Buddha, Northern dynasties (386 - 581), Northern Qi dynasty (550 - 577), Period of Division (220 - 589), temple
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Marie Meyer-Riefstahl (C.L. Freer source) 1876 - 1961

Published References
  • Osvald Siren. Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century: Over 900 Specimens in Stone, Bronze, Lacquer and Wood, Principally from Northern China. 4 vols., London. pl. 286.
  • Mizuno Seiichi. Bronze and Stone Sculpture of China: From the Yin to the Tang dynasty. Tokyo. pl. 69.
  • Sir Leigh Ashton. An Introduction to the Study of Chinese Sculpture. London. pl. 25.
  • Osvald Siren. Quelques observations sur les imitations des anciennes sculptures chinoises. vol. 1, no. 1 Washington and Zurich. p. 72.
  • Saburo Matsubara. Chinese Buddhist Sculpture (Chugoku Bukkyo chokokushi kenkyu): A Study Based on Bronze and Stone Statues other than Works from Cave Temples. Tokyo, 1961-1971. p. 162, fig. 130.
  • Mrs. Hin-cheung Lovell. Some Northern Chinese Wares of the Sixth and Seventh Centuries. vol. 21, no. 4, Winter 1975. pp. 328-343, fig. 20.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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