The Art Institute of Chicago, "A Collecting Odyssey: Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art from the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection" (August 2 – October 26, 1997).
The Art Institute of Chicago, Alsdorf Galleries of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan and Islamic Art, December 2008 to present.
Pratapaditya Pal with contributions by Stephen Little, A Collecting Odyssey: Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art (The Art Institute of Chicago, 1997) p. 314: 189 and plate p. 145.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Report 2008-2009 (posted on AIC web site), p. 20
Purchased by Mr. James W. Alsdorf prior to April 24, 1990. Mrs. James W. Alsdorf donated the work to the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008.
Additional Information Statement:
This object was acquired by Mr. Alsdorf sometime before his death in 1990. Most likely he acquired it in 1985 from the gallery Trocadero Kenny & Higgins Asian Art, Inc. The work has been publicly displayed since 2008 with a prior exhibition in 1997. This is a rare object: a fragment -- the head only – probably from a seated four-armed figure in a cave at Gunung Kombeng, in the northeast of Kutai Province in Eastern Kalimantan, formerly Borneo. It is extremely rare to find such Buddhist sculptures from Borneo. It is part of a group of about 11 objects that may have been stored in this cave for safekeeping.