Lateral stretcher from the base of a funerary couch with Sogdian musicians and a dancer

Historical period(s)
Period of Division, Northern Qi dynasty, 550-577
Medium
Grey marble with traces of pigment
Dimensions
H x W x D: 19.3 x 96.4 x 15.9 cm (7 5/8 x 37 15/16 x 6 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Henan province, Probably Ce xian
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1915.109
On View Location
Freer Gallery 16: Center of the World: China and the Silk Road
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Type

Buddhist sculpture

Keywords
Buddhism, China, dance, funerary, musician, Northern Qi dynasty (550 - 577), Period of Division (220 - 589), pipa
Provenance

To 1915
Lai-Yuan and Company, New York to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lai-Yuan and Company in 1915 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 683, pg. 163, 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Lai-Yuan & Company (C.L. Freer source) ca. 1915 - April 1921

Published References
  • Chugoku bijutsu (Chinese Art in Western Collections). 5 vols., Tokyo, 1972-1973. pl. 51.
  • Sekai bijutsu zenshu (A Complete Collection of World Art). 40 vols., Tokyo, 1960-1966. pl. 6.
  • Laurence Sickman Alexander Coburn Soper. The Art and Architecture of China. The Pelican History of Art London and Baltimore. pls. 40-41.
  • Sigisbert Chrétien Bosch Reitz. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture. Exh. cat. New York. pl. 331.
  • Sascha Priewe. Das Zhangdefu-Sargbett; Grundlegende Fragen Erneut Gestellt (Re-examination of a Sogdian Funerary Bed). vol. 17 Berlin. pp. 15-24.
  • Emma C. Bunker. The Spirit Kings in Sixth Century Chinese Buddhist Sculpture. vol. 18 Honolulu. p. 33, fig. 19.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 76, p. 172.
  • Lin Sheng-chih. "圖像與裝飾:北朝墓葬的生死表象." Image and Decoration: The Life and Death of the Northern Tombs. Taipei, Taiwan. p. 228, fig. 5-7.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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