J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York. 
From 1965 1987
Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), New York, New York, purchased from J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York. 
From 1987 to 1996
Estate of Arthur M. Sackler. 
From 1996 to 1997
Else Jorgensen Sackler (1913-2000), by inheritance from the Estate of Arthur M. Sackler. 
The Else Sackler Foundation, New York, New York, gift of Else Jorgensen Sackler. 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of the Else Sackler Foundation, New York, New York. 
 See Provenance record from the Else Sackler Foundation faxed on March 31, 1997, copies in object file. J.T. Dealer No. YT-4861.
 See object file.
 See note 3.
 Else Sackler received the object from the Estate of Arthur M. Sackler in 1996. See Provenance record from the Else Sackler Foundation faxed on March 31, 1997, copy in object file.
 The object was gifted to the Else Sackler Foundation by Else Sackler in 1997. See Provenance record from the Else Sackler Foundation faxed on March 31, 1997, copy in object file.
 See Acquisition Consideration Form and the Deed of Gift, copies in object file.
- Previous Owner(s)
The Else Sackler Foundation
The Arthur M. Sackler Collections Trust
Mrs. Else Sackler 1913 - 2000
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950
Fearsome composite creatures such as these are among the most admired objects from the Tang dynasty (618907). 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.
- Published References
- James T. Ulak. A Decade of Remarkable Growth: Acquisitions by the Freer and Sackler Galleries. vol. 166 no. 548 London, 2007. p. 40.
- Ancient Mortuary Traditions of China: Papers of Chinese Ceramic Funerary Sculptures. Honolulu. pp. 84-93.
- William Watson. Tang and Liao Ceramics. New York, 1984. pp. 205-210.
- Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 228-231.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- SI Usage Statement
Usage conditions apply
CC0 - Creative Commons (CC0 1.0)
Usage Conditions Apply
Chrome users: right click on icon, select "save link as..."
Internet Explorer users: right click on icon, select "save target as..."
Mozilla Firefox users: right click on icon, select "save link as..."