Head of a Bodhisattva

Historical period(s)
Yuan or Ming dynasty, 14th century
Cast iron with traces of polychrome and gilt
H x W x D: 26 x 19.8 x 16.8 cm (10 1/4 x 7 13/16 x 6 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Ruth Meyer Epstein
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Sculpture


bodhisattva, Buddhism, China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)

To 1970
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY [1]

To 1992
Ruth Meyer Epstein, Scarsdale, NY, given by her parents, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer [2]

From 1992
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Ruth Meyer Epstein in 1992 [3]


[1] According to information included in “Page Report,” dated December 1, 1993, in object file.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Ruth M. Epstein’s Deed of Gift, dated June 9, 1992, in object file.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer (1875-1959) and (1887-1970)
Mrs. Ruth Meyer Epstein 1921-2007

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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