This object was included in an exhibition entitled Light of Asia displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Brooklyn Museum (March 1984 – February 1985).
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. 300: 129 and color plate p. 107.
Pratapaditya Pal, Light of Asia, 1984, p. 225, cat. 108.
The Art institute of Chicago, Annual Report 2008-2009 (posted on AIC website), p. 20
Purchased by Mr. James W. Alsdorf prior to his death (April 24, 1990). Mrs. James W. Alsdorf promised the work to the Art Institute in 2002 and gave it to the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008.
Additional Information Statement:
The exact date that Mr. Alsdorf purchased this object is unknown, but it was by 1984 at the very latest, given the exhibition history. This object has been exhibited several times since 1984 in various museums and has been on display at the Art Institute of Chicago since December 2008.The Art Institute of Chicago has only a few sculptures from Indonesia. This diminutive seated gold and silver Buddha with his hand held in the earth touching gesture to show his resistance to evil is a rare addition to the collection of works from Southeast Asia.