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Figure of a bodhisattva

Label Text

When Freer purchased this unglazed bodhisattva figure from Yamanaka and Company in 1905, he noted on the invoice, "It is said the maker was a Chinese priest and that he presented it to a Japanese temple in the 16th century." Yamanaka had acquired the piece from the Thomas Waggaman sale, where it was part of a long run of "miscellaneous" Japanese ceramics. Later, in his inventory notes, Freer seemed to reject his earlier idea about the figure and commented, "We have no record of the age or place of manufacture of this specimen. It is, however, Chinese and I fancy not later than early Ming." The date of this piece remains a mystery: it is attributed to the Ming or Qing dynasty, dating to the fifteenth through the nineteenth century.

Object Name

Figure

Dated

15th-19th century

Period

Ming or Qing dynasty

Medium

Earthenware with white slip and traces of red, green and black pigment

Dimensions

HxWxD: 32.2 x 15.5 x 11.5 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

87

Wall

South

Title

Figure of a bodhisattva

Object Number

F1905.30

Freer Source

Yamanaka and Co.

Freer Source City

New York

Freer Source State

New York

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1905.30.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Figure of a bodhisattva," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1905.30, Item #3193, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3193 (accessed November 21, 2017).