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: Sakyamuni on an Elephant

Sakyamuni on an Elephant

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)
Artist: Formerly attributed to Su Hanchen (active early to mid-12th century)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century
Ink and color on silk
189.3 x 81.4 cm
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number

To 1906
Yamanaka & Company, to 1906 [1]

From 1906 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1906 [2]

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


[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 538, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.

[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.

Former owner
C.L. Freer source: Yamanaka and Co.
On View Location
Currently not on view
Buddha, Buddhism, China, elephant, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), ruyi, Shakyamuni, tree
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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