Tomb guardian creature [pair with S1997.24]

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Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, ca. 700-740
Medium
Earthenware with copper- and iron-tinted and clear lead-silicate glazes
Dimensions
H x W x D: 95.7 x 35.7 x 31.5 cm (37 11/16 x 14 1/16 x 12 3/8 in)
Geography
China, Henan or Shaanxi province
Credit Line
Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Accession Number
S1997.25
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Sculpture
Type

Tomb figure: tomb guardian

Keywords
China, earthenware, Tang dynasty (618 - 907), tomb, tomb guardian, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1965
J.T. Tai & Co., New York, New York. [1]

To 1987
Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), New York, New York. [2]

From 1987 to 1996
Estate of Arthur M. Sackler. [3]

From 1996 to 1997
Else Jorgensen Sackler (1913-2000), by inheritance from the Estate of Arthur M. Sackler. [4]

1997
The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, New York., gift of Else Jorgensen Sackler. [5]

From 1997
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, New York. [6]

Notes:

[1] See Provenance record from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation faxed on March 31, 1997, copy in object file. J.T. Dealer No. YT-4861.

[2] See object file.

[3] See note 3.

[4] Else Sackler received the object from the Estate of Arthur M. Sackler in 1996. See Provenance record from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation faxed on March 31, 1997, copy in object file.

[5] The object was gifted to the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation by Else Sackler in 1997. See Provenance record from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation faxed on March 31, 1997, copy in object file. See also Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record with notes from Bruce Young dated Jan 29, 1997.

[6] See Acquisition Consideration Form, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

The Arthur M. Sackler Collections Trust
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, NY founded 1965
Mrs. Else Sackler 1913 - 2000
Jun Tsei Tai 1911 - 1992
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Label

Fearsome composite creatures such as this are among the most admired objects from the Tang dynasty (618-907). With grimacing human or bestial faces, wings, and flaming manes, these fantastic creatures were made as guardians for the tombs of princes and high-ranking nobles to ward off evil forces. The random patterns created by running glazes in cream, brown, and green, a dramatic effect deliberately exploited by Tang potters, further accentuate their energy and power.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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