Buddhist stele of a seated bodhisattva (Maitreya) flanked by standing bodhisattvas

Historical period(s)
early 20th century in the sytle of Northern Qi dynasty (550-577)
H x W x D: 41.4 x 21.3 x 10.7 cm (16 5/16 x 8 3/8 x 4 3/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Sculpture, Stone


apsara, bodhisattva, Buddha, Buddhism, China, forgery, Maitreya Buddha, Modern period (1912 - present)

To 1909
Ta Ge Chung, Beijing, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ta Ge Chung in 1909 [2]

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


[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 139, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Accession List, Collections Management office.

[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) and Custodian(s)

Ta Ge Chung (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Although a Northern Qi dynasty (550-577) date appears on the back of the sculpture, it is a forgery, probably from the beginning of the twentieth century. Purchased as genuine in 1909, it was recognized as a fake by 1924. It is shown here for comparative purposes with F1913.27.

Published References
  • Jan Stuart, Chang Qing. Chinese Buddhist Sculpture in a New Light at the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 32, no. 4 Hong Kong, April 2002. p. 32, fig. 6.
  • Chang Qing. Genuine or Forged: Methods of Identifying Forgeries of Chinese Buddhist Sculptures. vol. 36 Washington and Ann Arbor. p. 86, fig. 2.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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