Ancient Japanese Sculptures on Display at Freer

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A set of four wooden sculptures of Japanese guardian kings goes on display at the Freer Gallery of Art. The sculptures date to the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) and once stood at the north, south, east, and west corners of a Buddhist altar. The sculptures were purchased from a private collection on the recommendation of Howard P. Stern, late director of the Freer Gallery.


  • Stern, Harold P
  • Freer Gallery of Art


Chronology of Smithsonian History


"Ancient Kings Stand Guard at Freer." The Smithsonian Torch (February 1979): 1.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


February 1, 1979


  • Acquisitions
  • Art
  • Sculpture
  • Wood
  • Wood carvings
  • Exhibitions
  • Collecting and collections
  • Museums
  • Art, Japanese
  • Art, Buddhist
  • Museums--Acquisitions
  • Art objects
  • Museum exhibits

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