Irania Korvin, method of acquisition unknown 
Daughter of Irania Korvin, probably by gift or by descent 
Philip Rudko, purchased from the daughter of Irania Korvin 
Alice S. Kandell, purchased from Philip Rudko 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Alice S. Kandell 
 See acquisition justification titled, “Shakyamuni Buddha in a Full Shrine, Offered as a gift from Alice S. Kandell to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art,” 2011, copy in object file. The acquisition justification states, “The Maitreya was brought to the United States from Shanghai in the late 1940s by a Russian opera singer, Irania Korvin. Korvin had the sculpture in Shanghai during the 1940s, where she was stranded during the second world war. In the early 1970s, when Korvin was living in Queens, New York, she met Phil Rudko. Korvin’s daughter eventually sold the Maitreya (and a standing drum) to Phil Rudko in the 1980s.”
 See note 1.
 See note 1. Philip Rudko, born just outside New York City in northern New Jersey, is a Russian Orthodox priest and art conservator, specializing in Tibetan objects. He works with the collector Alice Kandell as the curator of her personal collection.
 See note 1. Alice S. Kandell is a private collector, who for decades acquired hundreds of bronze sculptures, thangkas, textile banners, painted furniture and ritual implements. Her interest in Tibetan art and culture began during her college years, when she took the first of many trips to Sikkim, Tibet and Ladakh. Throughout her career as a child psychologist in New York, she continued to pursue her love of Tibetan Buddhist sacred art, traveling, collecting and documenting the art and culture of the region in two books of photography, “Sikkim: The Hidden Kingdom” (Doubleday) and “Mountaintop Kingdom: Sikkim” (Norton).
 See Deed of Gift, dated March 18, 2011, copy in object file.
Research Completed December 8, 2022
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Philip J. Rudko
Alice S. Kandell
- Published References
- Marylin M. Rhie, Robert A.F. Thurman. A Shrine for Tibet: The Alice S. Kandell Collection. New York and London. I-12, 72-73.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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