Chinese - Buddha Calling the Earth to Witness, 18th century

Chinese

Buddha Calling the Earth to Witness, 18th century

Painted and gilded copper, 44 cm (17 5/16 in.) height

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Object details

Accession number

S1s13

Provenance

Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner’s collection by 1915.

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 21 (as Ch'ien-lung period, 1736-95).
Alan Chong and Noriko Murai. Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2009), p. 447, fig. 17 (as 18th century).


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Commentary

The head seems to have been made for a different sculpture. It is not known when Isabella Gardner acquired this work, which she installed on a red lacquer table in the Yellow Room.

Source: “Chinese Objects,” in Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia, edited by Alan Chong and Noriko Murai (Boston: ISGM and Gutenberg Periscope, 2009).

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