J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York. 
From 1965 to 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 Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, New York., gift of Else Jorgensen Sackler. 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, New York. 
 See Provenance record from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation faxed on March 31, 1997, copy 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 Arthur M. Sackler Foundation faxed on March 31, 1997, copy in object file.
 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.
 See Acquisition Consideration Form, copy in object file.
- Previous Owner(s)
The Arthur M. Sackler Collections Trust
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
Mrs. Else Sackler 1913 - 2000
J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation founded 1965
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.
- Published References
- 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. p. 228.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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