The Buddhas Prabhutaratna and Sakyamuni seated sided by side

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Previous custodian or owner
Mrs. Christian R. Holmes (1871 - 1941)
Tonying and Company 通運公司
Provenance
From at least 1938
Mrs. Christian R. Holmes (1871-1941), New York and "The Chimneys," Sands Point, Port Washington, Long Island, from at least October 1938. [1]
From at least 1944 to 1945
Tonying and Company, New York from at least March 8, 1944. [2]
From 1945
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Tonying and Company, New York on May 24, 1945. [3]
Notes:
[1] Mrs. Holmes lent the sculpture to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1938, see Chinese Bronzes of the Shang (1766-1122 B. C.) through the T’ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906) (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 19-November 27, 1938), cat. 275. See also A. G. Wenley’s letter to C. F. Yau, Tonying and Co., dated May 22, 1945, copy in object file, in which Wenley confirms acquisition of the sculpture and states that it came from Mrs. Christian R. Holmes’s collection.
[2] See “List of Objects Contemplated for Purchase by the Freer Gallery of Art,” approved by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on March 8, 1944, copy in object file.
[3] See Tonying & Company’s invoice, dated May 24, 1945, in which the object figures under no. B. 58: “Gilt bronze Shrine / Six Dynasties,” copy in object file.
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
On View
Sackler Gallery 22: Encountering the Buddha
dated 609
Period
Sui dynasty
Accession Number
F1945.30a-b
Topic
Buddhism
Sui dynasty (581 - 618)
casting
China
Shakyamuni
Prabhutaratna Buddha
abhaya mudra
varada mudra
Chinese Art
gilding
WWII-era provenance
Origin
China
Medium
Gilt bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 21.8 x 14.1 x 5.5 cm (8 9/16 x 5 9/16 x 2 3/16 in)
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Type
Sculpture
Metalwork