Tomb figure of a groom

Historical period(s)
Tang dynasty, ca. 700-750
Medium
Earthenware with lead-silicate glazes and painted details
Dimensions
H x W: 20.7 x 6.7 cm (8 1/8 x 2 5/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1952.14
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Sculpture
Type

Tomb figure: man

Keywords
China, foreigner, funerary, groom, Tang dynasty (618 - 907), WWII-era provenance
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]

Notes:

[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.

Previous Owner(s)

Jun Tsei Tai 1911-1992
C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948

Published References
  • William Watson. Tang and Liao Ceramics. New York, 1984. fig. 240.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 20.
  • Chang Wanli. Tang san cai you tao [Three-Colour Glaze Pottery of the T'ang Dynasty]. 3 vols., Hong Kong. vol. 1: pl. 28.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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