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: Vaisravana, Guardian King of the North

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Vaisravana, Guardian King of the North

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)
Artist: Traditionally attributed to Weichi Yiseng (mid-7th–early 8th century)
Historical period(s)
Yuan or Ming dynasty, 14th century
Ink and color on silk
H x W (image): 106.7 x 36.3 cm (42 x 14 5/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number

To 1914
Dr. John Calvin Ferguson (1866-1945), Newton, MA, to 1914 [1]

From 1914 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Dr. John Calvin Ferguson in 1914 [2]

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


[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 937, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. This object exhibits seals, colophons, or inscriptions that could provide additional information regarding the object’s history; see Curatorial Remarks in the object record for further details.

[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
John Calvin Ferguson (C.L. Freer source) (1866-1945)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
attendant, biwa, Buddhism, China, dance, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), pipa, stupa, worship, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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