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Aschwin Lippe Collection

Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Extent:
36 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
India -- description and travel
Date:
1930 - 1988
Summary:
Aschwin Lippe was a research fellow and later curator in the Department of Far Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The collection includes his early research and writings on East Asian art, particularly Chinese paintings. It has substantial material on his involvement in selecting the paintings and writing the catalog for the 1961 Chinese Art Treasures Exhibition. He later shifted his research focus to medieval Indian sculpture. The collection includes journals kept during several years of field research in India as well as his extensive photo-documentation of Indian temples and religious sculpture.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains limited biographic material. The material covering his career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art includes some memoranda and general items. During his time at the museum he frequently visited public and private art collections, keeping copious object notes. Material documenting his work on the 1961 Chinese Art Treasures exhibition includes a diary of his 1954 visit to Taipei and his notes on objects viewed at the Palace Museum storage facility in Taichung. Also included are his drafts and correspondence from 1960-1961 about proposed exhibit catalog descriptions for the Chinese paintings. Lippe's correspondence consists mostly of letters with scholars and colleagues. In general, the correspondence includes a few letters each to a large number of individuals. He kept correspondence about major projects in the file with other materials relating to that project. Materials on Lippe's research and publications include some items from his initial scholarly interest in Far Eastern art, particularly Chinese painting. This includes drafts and correspondence documenting his participation in the catalog for the Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy and Paintings in the John M. Crawford Jr. collection. Most of the research collection concerns India and two major publications: "South Indian Architecture and Sculpture" in The Arts of India and his book Indian Medieval Sculpture. Of particular interest are his India field journals (1958-1977) that record visits to sites, travel notes, descriptions and photography. Lippe's wife Simone traveled with him and contributed to the field journals. Photography of temples and especially their sculpture was the focus of his field research. He made 8-by-10-inch black and white enlargements of sites and sculpture that he organized into study albums as needed for a particular article or project. The collection also includes a large number of 35 mm. color slides taken by Simone Lippe that record general views of sites, scenery, daily life and festivals. The collection includes slides and photographs taken during trips elsewhere in Asia and not directly related to Lippe's own research. These are mostly scenic views and general "tourist" pictures. The architecture of Hindu-Buddhist temples and sculpture in countries such as Indonesia and Cambodia may have been of scholarly interest as reflections of ancient Indian cultural influence.
Arrangement:
The Collection is organized into 5 series with subseries. A 6th series inventories items from other series but housed in an Outsize Box. Series 1: Personal and Professional Life

Subseries 1.1: Biographic Material and Metropolitan Museum of Art Career

Subseries 1.2: Notes on Collections

Subseries 1.3: Chinese Art Treasures Exhibition, 1961-1962

Series 2: Correspondence

Series 3: East Asia Research and Publications

Subseries 3.1: Background Material and Manuscripts Subseries 3.2: Crawford Collection Catalog Series 4: India Research and Publications

Subseries 4.1: India Background Materials Subseries 4.2: India Manuscripts and Publications Subseries 4.3: India Fieldwork 1958-1977: Field Journals, Travel Notes and Itineraries

Series 5: Photography

Subseries 5.1: Albums, Lists, and Contact Prints Subseries 5.2: India Photographs Subseries 5.3: Non-India Photographs Subseries: 5.4 India 35 mm. Color slides Subseries 5.5: Non-India 35 mm. Color slides

Series 6: Miscellaneous, Outsize Box
Biographical / Historical:
Aschwin Lippe [Ernst Aschwin Prinz zur Lippe-Biesterfeld] was born June 13, 1914 in Jena, Germany and died March 14, 1988 in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 1951 he married Simone Arnoux, born May 9, 1915 in Paris and died November 21, 2001 in The Hague. As a student in Germany, Lippe studied Chinese, East Asian art and archaeology, and the history of art. He received his Diploma of Chinese in 1933 from the Seminary for Oriental Languages in Berlin and his PhD in Sinology and Far Eastern Art and Archaeology in 1942 from Berlin University. Lippe began his museum career in the Department of East Asian Art of the State Museum in Berlin. In 1949 he joined the staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as a Senior Research Fellow in Far Eastern Art. He became an Associate Curator in 1950, Research Curator in 1964, and Curator Emeritus in 1973. Lippe was a member of the Selection and Catalog Committee for the Chinese Art Treasures Exhibition in 1961, the first major American exhibition of works from the National Palace Museum in Taipei. An expert on Chinese Painting, he visited Taipei in 1954 and was able to travel to Taichung to view paintings and other art objects still in storage. In the 1960s his interests turned increasingly toward Indian medieval temple art and architecture, especially sculpture. Joined by his wife Simone, he made several research trips to India from 1958 to 1970 during which he took detailed photographs of Indian temples, documenting their sculpture. This research was the foundation for Lippe's "South Indian Architecture and Sculpture" section in The Arts of India (1981), and his major work Indian Medieval Sculpture (1978).
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Provenance:
Gift of Thilo von Watzdorf
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Topic:
Sculpture -- India  Search this
Photography-India  Search this
Painting, Chinese  Search this
Temples-India  Search this
metropolitan museum of art  Search this
Chinese Art Treasures Exhibition 1961-1962  Search this
Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01
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Non-India Photographs

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains a few photographs from the Lippes' other trips in Asia.
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 5.3
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India 35mm Color Slides

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Simone Lippe took the majority of the color slides. The slides include some site photography as well as landscapes, people, festivals and general views. The slides were originally housed in metal slide boxes that also contained some notes about the contents. At some point the slides were transferred to other boxes. Although the notes were kept with the slides, the slides were no longer in the same order. Box 41 contains the notes found with the slides and indicates the present location of those slides. Only some of the slides are labeled. Slides are organized alphabetically by site when the site is identified. Some slides were in an album. [Box 54 Bins 11-20, Box 55 Bins 1-5 and Box 56]
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 5.4
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Personal and Professional Life

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains little biographic material and only limited information about Aschwin Lippe's career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Subseries 1.1 [Boxes 1 and 2]. As a scholar and curator at the Met he visited and assessed museum collections as well as objects held by private collectors and dealers. These Notes on Collections comprise Subseries 1.2 [Boxes 3 and 4]. A highlight of his career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was his role in the Chinese Treasures Exhibition, Subseries 1.3 [Boxes 5 to 7].
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Series 1
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Notes on Collections

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Lippe visited many public and private art collections, especially during the 1950s and 1960s when he was Associate Curator of Far Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He kept notes on each collection, including assessments of individual objects. These notes, often on scraps of paper, are divided into museum collections, private collections including dealers, and miscellaneous collections by topic or city. This subseries also includes object lists from specific dealers, sometimes with correspondence. It is not clear if these were items being offered to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or were of potential personal interest to Lippe. There is no information in the collection about his personal art collection.
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 1.2
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Biographic Material and Metropolitan Museum of Art Career

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The collection includes a biography and publications list created by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to accompany a 1988 memorial exhibit honoring Lippe. There are a few newspaper and magazine articles about Lippe and family members. Correspondence and reports provide some insight into his relationship with the American Institute of Indian Studies and the American Academy of Benares in the 1970s. Information specific to his Metropolitan Museum of Art activities consists of miscellaneous notes between Lippe and colleagues including Alan Priest, and some Museum reports. Of interest is 1964 correspondence which he collected in a folder labeled "Retirement" concerning events surrounding his appointment as Research Curator. For potentially-related correspondence from 1964 see Series 2, Correspondence. Box 2 contains notes, journals, and correspondence about Japanese art dated 1958 and labeled as "Japan Art Travel Notes." It may relate to a proposal for an exhibit.
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 1.1
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Non-India 35 mm. Color Slides

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
These slides were taken by Simone Lippe on trips outside India and tend to be general interest "tourist-type" subjects.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 5.5
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Outsize Box

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
[contains material from several series]
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Series 6
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Chinese Art Treasures Exhibition, 1961-1962

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
An authority on Chinese painting, Lippe was deeply involved in the preparations for the Chinese Art Treasures Exhibition, the first exhibition in the United States of art from the National Palace Museum in Taipei. It emphasized painting and calligraphy. Lippe visited Taiwan in 1954 to view the paintings which at that time were still in storage in Taichung. He described his visit in a 1955 article "The Hidden Treasures of China: a Visit to Formosa," a draft of which is included in this subseries. Box # 5 contains information about his 1954 visit, including correspondence and notes on objects seen. It also includes material from 1958 and later about proposed objects lists, evaluation and description of objects and correspondence. Box # 6 includes notes and drafts for the Exhibition Catalog and correspondence with project colleagues James Cahill, Chuang Mo-ling, Chuang Shen, Max Loehr, John A. Pope and Wang Shih-chieh. Box #7 contains Object Index Cards on which Lippe described and evaluated paintings from the National Palace Museum Collection. Lippe evidently filed his notes by dynasty but at some point cards became jumbled.
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 1.3
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Most of the correspondence between Aschwin Lippe and colleagues concerns shared academic and scholarly activities. The correspondence provides little personal information or insight into life at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An exception is correspondence from Marise Johnson and Jean Schmitt in the 1960s and 1970s. They handled Lippe's affairs when he was travelling and kept him up-to-date on colleagues and activities at the museum. Some 1964 letters refer to his "retirement" noted in Box 1 Folder 18. Lippe often filed correspondence relating to specific projects or publications with other material concerning that particular project. In such cases, the correspondence remains with the project and is noted in the folder title.
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Series 2
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East Asia: Research and Publications

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Little remains of whatever research files and notes on East Asia Aschwin Lippe may have collected. Since he would have had access to Metropolitan Museum of Art's reference library, collection material and other resources on East Asian art he may not have needed basic research materials of his own. His publications while at the Met included reviews of books and exhibits and contributions to exhibit and collection catalogs. Material for his contribution to the Chinese Art Treasures Catalog, is in Subseries 1.3 Box 6. That for another major exhibition catalog, Catalogue of the Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting in the Collection of John M. Crawford, is in Subseries 3.2.
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Series 3
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Background Material and Manuscripts

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Lippe had some miscellaneous general background material on East Asian art, mostly Chinese painting. [Boxes 10-12] There is some background material on China, including photographs, and a limited selection of material on Japan. The manuscripts [Box 13] include his dissertation on Li K'an and items written for German publications in the early 1940s before he came to the United States.
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 3.1
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Crawford Collection Catalog

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Lippe contributed descriptions of individual paintings for The Catalogue of the Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting in the Collection of John M. Crawford Jr published in 1962. Lawrence Sickman served as editor. Materials include notes on paintings, drafts of Lippe's contributions on individual paintings, and correspondence with colleagues Laurence Sickman, James Cahill and Wang Fang Yu as well as with John M Crawford Jr.
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 3.2
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India Research and Publications

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Aschwin Lippe's focus was medieval Indian sculpture and art. Background materials include temple plans and maps, the iconography of deities, and photographs of sculpture. Most of his research material consists of photographs, both his own [Subseries 5.2] and by others [Subseries 4.1]. Lippe documented his research on Indian sites in Field Journals that describe sites and sculpture [Subseries 4.3]. The series includes drafts and correspondence related to his major publication Indian Medieval Sculpture and his contribution to The Arts of India, "South Indian Architecture and Sculpture" [Subseries 4.2].
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Series 4
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India Background Materials

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
These materials include articles and notes on Indian temple art and architecture, plans of cave temples, and iconography in temple sculpture. Photographs by others constitute a large portion of the background materials. Some are dealer photographs of individual sculptures but most are from institutions including the Archaeological Survey of India, the American Institute of Indian Studies and various museums.
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 4.1
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India Manuscripts and Publications

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
This subseries includes correspondence, notes and drafts related to Lippe's book Medieval Indian Sculpture, his Section on "South Indian Architecture and Sculpture," for The Arts of India, and his article "Early Chalukya Icons" for Artibus Asiae. There are some other manuscript drafts and a few book reviews of publications by others.
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 4.2
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India Fieldwork 1958-1977: Field Journals, Travel Notes and Itineraries

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Aschwin Lippe's Field Journals [Boxes 19 and 20] contain both detailed information on sites and sculpture as well as general information about people met, daily events and local customs. Box 21 contains itineraries, contacts, correspondence and administrative details related to Lippe's India travel. The material in Box 21 is divided into folders reflecting the organization of the material as found. Also included is a folder of material on an Indonesian trip. Lippe's wife Simone accompanied him on these trips. According to Lippe's stepson Thilo von Watzdorf, his mother Simone helped plan the expeditions and routes and contributed to the field journals. In some cases Ashwin described the site or sculptural detail and Simone recorded it. In others he wrote the entry himself. Simone also described the countryside, local festivals, current events and the people they visited. Lippe subsequently paginated and indexed the journals making it easy to find site information. He also added notes next to sites referencing previous or subsequent journal entries about visits to the same site or making comparisons with other sites. Photography formed the core of Lippe's fieldwork. The collection includes 8-by-10 inch black-and-white enlargements of sculpture and architectural details. [Subseries 5.2] and 35mm. color slides of many sites and their surroundings [Subseries 5.4].
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 4.3
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Photography

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Aschwin Lippe's photographs of Indian temples and sculpture comprise the largest single component of his research materials on Indian architecture and sculpture. He compiled albums of 8-by-10-inch black and white photographs for each research project, using the same photographs many times for different projects. All that remains of these research albums are the photograph lists, many of them dated. Albums allowed him to compare and identify styles of sculpture. Most of the black-and-white enlargements [Subseries 5.2] had site identification and a serial number written on the back. The collection also contains 35 mm. color slides [Subseries 5.4] which tend to be general views of temples and surroundings, local activities, people and festivals. Simone Lippe took most of the slides, according to Thilo von Watzdorf. The collection also contains a few black-and-white photographs of other Asian temples and sites [Subseries 5.3] as well as 35 mm. color slides of trips elsewhere in Asia [Subseries 5.5]
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Series 5
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Albums, Lists, and Contact Prints

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
The photograph albums [Box 22] enabled Lippe to compare sculptural styles and architectural features. The photographs evidently were dispersed once the project was completed. At least some albums had several iterations as shown by the dates on the lists. The subseries also includes various other photograph lists related to research projects. Boxes 23 and 24 contain contact prints of Lippe's black and white negatives.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the archives to make an appointment: AVReference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 5.1
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India Photographs

Collection Creator:
Lippe, Aschwin, 1914-1988  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
This subseries contains 8-by-10 inch enlargements of Lippe's black-and-white photographs of Indian sites, especially the sculpture. Most photographs have site information on the back. The photographs [Boxes 25 to 36] are in alphabetic order as identified by the information on the back. Sometimes the identification is the geographic location, sometimes the temple complex name, sometimes the specific chapel, a particular feature or subject. As a result, photographs for a particular site may be filed under several names. Each photograph had a serial number on the back that evidently refers to roll and frame number but no master list was found in the collection. The Field Journals from 1958-1959 have detailed descriptions of what was photographed but no reference to roll numbers. The contact print album sheets dated 1959 [Box 24] do contain roll numbers and site identification. The Field Journals after 1965 include a small circled number next to each site description that records the film roll number but there is no notation about the frame number. The collection also includes a few color photographs [Box 37] and large format color transparencies [Boxes 38 and 39]
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the archives to make an appointment: AVReference@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
The Aschwin Lippe Collection, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Identifier:
FSA.A2012.01, Subseries 5.2
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