Freer Gallery of Art
Museum of Asian and American Art
Saint #Sambandar #India, Tamil Nadu; Chola period (880-1279), 12th century Sambandar, who lived in the 7th century, is one of a group of sixty-three #Hindu saints who dedicated their lives to the worship of Shiva. He can be identified by his youthful appearance (he lived only eighteen years), by his joyful dancing pose (which refers to his emphasis on song and dance in the worship of #Shiva), and by the pointing finger of his right hand.
The poem Song of Everlasting Sorrow recounts the story of Emperor Ming Huang, whose love for his beautiful concubine Yang Guifei cast his empire into disorder and brought about her death. Here, flowers bloom profusely as the emperor and Ya Guifei meet in the palace garden. | The Chinese emperor Ming Huang and Yang Kuei-fei | early 17th century | Artist of the Kano school | Edo period | Color and gold on paper | Japan | Gift of Charles Lang Freer | Freer Gallery of Art | F1903.75
No objects of this type have yet been scientifically excavated in China, so it is difficult to know the purpose of this rare axe. It consists of 4 separate pieces: a bronze handle, 2 dragon motifs caps and an unusual serrated jade blade that might not be original | Hafted axe with dragons | ca. 1300-1200 B.C.E. | Unidentified, Chinese | Late Shang dynasty | Early Anyang period | Bronze with turquoise inlay and jade (nephrite) blade | Anyang, China | Purchase | Freer Gallery of Art | F1940.10a-d