Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Catalog of Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist Art

Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A2022.03
Creators:
Staël-Holstein, A., Freiherr von (Alexander), 1877-1937
Dates:
circa 1924
Languages:
English
,
French
.
Physical Description:
0.2 Cubic feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Consist of a handmade catalog of black-and-white photographs and notes on a private collection of Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist art. Also includes a French-language article incorporating images and references to the collection. The catalog, which is unsigned, was likely created by Alexander von Staël-Holstein, as the notes indicate the article refers to and includes photographs of the writer's collection, and the article mentions using Staël-Holstein's collection for research and photography.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Arranged in original order.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
This handmade, handwritten catalog and photographs, while unsigned by their author, were likely created by Alexander von Staël-Holstein (1877-1937) and document his personal art collection. A supplementary article which, the catalog notes, refers to and includes photographs from the collection, "Notes diverses sur les Cultes en Chine: Les ornaments rituels des temples lamaïques et buddhiques" (published 1924) by G. Bouillard, refers to Staël-Holstein's collection and reproduces photographs of works from it. The photographer(s) are not named.
Staël-Holstein, from a noble Baltic German family, was an academic specializing in Buddhist texts and arts. During his career, he served as a professor at Peking University, Harvard, and Yenching University.
The catalog itself was in the possession of Adolf E. Zucker (1890-1971), a professor in the German Department at the University of Maryland. Zucker took an interest in the arts and culture of China while living there from 1917-1924 and published a volume on Chinese theatre. The catalog was discovered in his former residence in 1981 by Donna Strahan, future head of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the National Museum of Asian Art, after she purchased the home.

Administration
Author
Ryan Murray
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Donna Strahan, 2022.
Processing Information
Processed by Ryan Murray, 2022.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Preferred Citation
Catalog of Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist Art, FSA.A2022.03. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Gift of Donna Strahan.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Tibet Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
China Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Buddhism Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, Buddhist Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zucker, A. E. (Adolf Eduard), 1890-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu