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Bodhisattva

Type
Figure
Maker(s)
Artist: Kaikei (active ca. 1185 - 1220)
Historical period(s)
Kamakura period, early 13th century
Medium
Wood with lacquer, gold, copper, and crystal
Dimension(s)
H x W x D: 62.8 × 43.2 × 36 cm (24 3/4 × 17 × 14 3/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1909.345
Label
Recent scholarship associates this sculpture of a bodhisattva (enlightened being) with Kaikei (fl. 1180–1220), a master sculptor who contributed to the revival of Buddhist sculpture in the Kamakura period (1185–1333). Proportion and balance in the figure, realistic yet sensitive modeling of the facial features, and graceful, regular arrangement of the garment folds are marks of Kaikei's style.

To 1909
Count Tanaka, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Count Tanaka through Samurai Shokai, Yokohama in 1909 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 173, 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.

Former owner
Count Tanaka (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Lacquer, Sculpture
Keyword(s)
bodhisattva, Buddhism, Japan, Kamakura period (1185 - 1333), mudra
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Art Project, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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