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UH80245: Sukhothai Makara Roof Finial - $4500.00

UH80245: Sukhothai Makara Roof Finial

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UH80245
Antique Thai Architectural Ornament, Sukhothai kilns, 15th century.
A glazed hollow ceramic roof tile finial of the Naga/Makara Dragon design having a robust chest supported by front talons and his upright bearded head with open mouth bearing his pointed teeth, further decorated in iron brown under glaze painted highlights, covered in a cream white transparent glaze. From North-Central Thailand, Sukhothai Kingdom, a 15th century sculptural architectural ornament, high-fired glazed stoneware roof tile for decorating and elaborately embellishing the roof of a Thai temple, which was generally constructed of wood and therefor long perished, leaving the remains of the roof tiles, such as this finial. Later custom fitted teak rectangular base included. 
Condition: In remarkable fine condition the body remaining whole without any restorations. Various tips and points to the flourishing wisps of the figure missing, most noticeably the triangular peak of the crest and horns.
Measuring: 17-3/8 in. high x 6-1/4 in. wide x 8 in. deep. (44 x 16 x 20.5cm)
Weight: 10 lb. 2 oz. (4600g.)
15th Century.
$4500.

Provenance: 
with Peng Seng Antique Ltd., Bangkok 1993 (original receipt and certificate of antiquity).
William R. Appleby, New York
Doyle New York, Asian Works of Art September 21, 2020 lot #338.

For similar examples in Museum Collections see:
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, accession no. C-1453.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, accession no. 2001.2
Brooklyn Museum, accession no. 84.133.5
Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 2019.570.0
National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne accession no. AS86-1984.
The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, accession no. BATEA 1138.
Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, accession no. EA1969.75

For similar examples in publications see: 
Siamese Pottery in Indonesia, Charles Nelson Spinks, The Siam Society, Bangkok, 1959, Fig. 1.
Ceramic Art of Southeast Asia, William Willets, The Southeast Asian Ceramic Society First Annual Exhibition, Singapore, 1971, p. 149, fig.214.
Southeast Asian Ceramics, Ninth Through Seventeenth Centuries, Dean F. Frasché, The Asia Society 1976, p. 68, #31.
Legend and Reality: Early Ceramics from South-East Asia, Roxanna M. Brown, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne 1977, cover and fig. 121.
The Museum of East Asian Art Journal Vol. 2, ed. Alexandra Green, 1996, cover, title page and page 9, pl. 7.
Fruitful Decades: The Collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie. vol.2, New York: Eagle Art Publishing, Inc., 2012, p.393, fig. 262.
Estimated Packaged weight 15.00 lbs

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