Spirit house figure of a horse

Historical period(s)
Ayutthaya period, 17th-18th century
Medium
Earthenware
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 7 x 9 x 3.3 cm (2 3/4 x 3 9/16 x 1 5/16 in)
Geography
Central Thailand, Ayutthaya, Klong Sra Bua kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Sarah M. Bekker
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2005.6
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Sculpture
Type

Figure: horse

Keywords
Ayutthaya period (1351 - 1767), Bangkok period (1782 - ), earthenware, horse, Thailand, unglazed, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From 1966 to 2005
Sarah M. and Konrad Bekker, purchased in Ayutthaya in 1966 [1]

From 2005
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Sarah M. Bekker, Arlington, VA, in 2005

Notes:

[1] The donor, Dr. Sarah Bekker, is a respected scholar of Southeast Asian art. With her husband, Konrad Bekker, an Economics Officer with the U.S. Department of State, she lived in India, Burma, and Thailand, where the Bekkers pursued a shared deep interest in the arts. The objects in their gift were acquired in Thailand between 1964 and 1971; this object was purchased in Ayutthaya in November 1966. In 1964 Dr. Bekker received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from George Washington University, on a topic relating to Burmese concepts of duty, obligation, and "face." She has lectured and written widely, especially on Burma, and for several years she led study tours to Mainland Southeast Asia for the Smithsonian Associates. The Bekkers' collection of Burmese art forms the core of the Burmese art collection at the Center for Burma Studies, Northern Illinois University, and other gifts reside in the art museum at Denison University and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Lender's number: 342. See Louise A. Cort, Acquisition Consideration form justification, April 21, 2005.

Previous Owner(s)

Konrad Bekker 1911-1981
Sarah M. Bekker 1923-2013

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
F|S Southeast Asia
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