Spirit house figure of a humped bull

Historical period(s)
Sukhothai period or Ayutthaya period, 13th-14th century
Unglazed stoneware
Sawankhalok ware
H x W x D (overall): 9 x 11 x 4 cm (3 9/16 x 4 5/16 x 1 9/16 in)
North-central Thailand, Sukhothai province, Si Satchanalai, Sawankhalok kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Sarah M. Bekker
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Sculpture

Figure: bull

Ayutthaya period (1351 - 1767), bull, Sawankhalok ware, stoneware, Sukhothai period (ca. 1219/1243 - 1378), Thailand, unglazed

To 1970
Kammearn, Ayutthaya, to 1970 [1]

From 1970 to 2005
Sarah M. and Konrad Bekker, purchased from Kammearn in Ayutthaya in 1970 [2]

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


[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 from a vendor named Kamnearn in Ayutthaya in July 1970. 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. See Louise A. Cort, Acquisition Consideration form justification, April 21, 2005.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

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

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort, George Williams, David P. Rehfuss. Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia. Washington. .
Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
F|S Southeast Asia
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