Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin), Head

Stone face with elongated facial features; headdress with floral motifs and seated buddha.

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Historical period(s)
Early 20th century, in the style of the Northern Wei dynasty (386-534)
H x W x D (overall): 29.1 x 14.8 x 17.5 cm (11 7/16 x 5 13/16 x 6 7/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of The Honorable David K.E. Bruce
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Sculpture, Stone


bodhisattva, Buddha, Buddhism, China, dhyana mudra, forgery, Guanyin

From 1930s to 1977
David Kirkpatrick Estes Bruce (1869-1977), acquired from an unidentified dealer, Paris, in the 1930s [1]

From 1978
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Ambassador David Kirkpatrick Estes Bruce, Washington, DC, in 1978 [2]


[1] According to Curatorial Note 2, T. Lawton, 1978, in the object record.

[2] The object was transferred from the Freer Study Collection to the Freer Permanent Collection on March 6, 1978 (see Curatorial Note 7 in the object record).

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

The Honorable David K.E. Bruce 1898-1977


Stone face with elongated facial features; headdress with floral motifs and seated buddha.

Published References
  • Chang Qing. Search and Research: The Provenance of Longmen Images in the Freer Collection. vol. 34, no. 5 Hong Kong, May 2003. p. 25, fig. 13.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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