Tomb figure of a groom

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 700-750
  • Geography

  • Material

    Earthenware with lead-silicate glazes and painted details
  • Dimension

    H x W: 20.7 x 6.7 cm (8 1/8 x 2 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Pottery with "three-color" glaze.
    Figurine: mortuary, of a black groom, left hand restored.
    Clay: fine, whitish buff, fired medium hard.
    Glaze: transparent, with fine crackle, over green robe with brown lapels and brown boots, hand white; head and neck unglazed and painted.
  • Provenance

    To 1948
    Jun Tsei Tai (1911-1992), Shanghai, to February 1948 [1]
    From 1948 to 1952
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York, purchased from Jun Tsei Tai in February 1948 [2]
    From 1952
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on June 25, 1952 [3]
    [1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 46081: "Pottery statuette of a groom wearing a long green coat with wide lapels. Brownish yellow boots, right arm uplifted as holding a horse bridle. Negro groom, probably Ethiopian. Central Asia T'ang. Ht: 8 ins.," copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the object was acquired in China from J. T. Tai in February 1948.
    Jun Tsei Tai (more commonly known in the West as J. T. Tai), known also as Dai Fubao in Shanghai, was a successful art dealer who was initially based in Shanghai China. Tai became one of C. T. Loo's most prolific suppliers in the 1940s. In 1949, however, J. T. Tai fled with his family to Hong Kong, when Communist leaders came into power. In 1950, he immigrated to New York City, where he established J. T. Tai & Company, a successful company that specialized in the sale of Chinese arts.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard cited above. The object was transferred to the Freer Gallery in April 1948.
    See C. T. Loo's Approval Memorandum, dated April 14, 1948, copy in object file. In the memorandum, Loo stated that the object was excavated in Sian Fu [Xi'an], Shaanxi.
    [3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated June 25, 1952.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Chinese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to September 4, 1980)
    Centennial Exhibition, Gallery 13 (November 10, 1955 to March 1, 1957)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Jun Tsei Tai 戴潤齋 (1911-1992)
    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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