Acquisitions
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Sackler Gift to the FIA

Since 2008, eight works from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation have been on loan to the Flint Institute of Arts. In 2014, these works were generously donated to the museum by the Foundation.

Arthur M. Sackler, M.D. (1913–1987) established the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in 1965 to make his extensive collections (consisting mainly of the arts of Asia) accessible to scholars, students, and the general public. Lending art from its collection to museums, the foundation also organizes traveling exhibitions and publishes scholarly catalogues. An M.D. by training, Sackler amassed a fortune by gaining the rights to import and sell Valium in the United States. Sackler was also a scholar and patron of the arts, endowing galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Princeton University, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University in Beijing, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., and the Jillian & Arthur M. Sackler Wing at the Royal Academy, London. He also established a wide range of medical institutions bearing his name.

The collection of eight objects given to the FIA spans 3,600 years, representing various mediums and subjects and includes both Chinese and European works. The earliest objects come from Shang Dynasty China (1600–1100 BCE), including a taotie bronze mask with incised designs and a double-owl vessel (YOU) with lid. Other works from China cover various dynasties such as the Zhou Dynasty (ca. 1046–256 BCE) with a bronze vessel (GUI) and the Northern Wei Dynasty (4th–6th century) with a ceramic figure of a warrior on horseback. A monumental Buddha head made of cast iron dates to the Ming Dynasty (17th–19th century). Lastly, the Foundation donated an important 18th-century terracotta portrait bust of Henri-Claude, Comte d'Harcourt by French artist Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne that was recently featured in the About Face: Portraiture Through Time exhibition at the FIA.
Taotie mask with incised designs

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Shang dynasty, 1600–1046 BCE or Zhou dynasty, 1046–256 BCE
Taotie mask with incised designs, n.d.
bronze
8 x 8 1/8 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler
Foundation, New York, 2014.25
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne
French, 1704–1778
Henri-Claude, Comte D'Harcourt, 1760
terracotta
22 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 12 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.20

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Northern Wei dynasty, 386–535
Figure: A warrior on horseback, n.d.
gray body, painted
10 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.21

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Tang dynasty, 618–907
Pillow with painted decoration of three flowers and vegetation, n.d.
stoneware
3 3/16 x 5 3/8 x 4 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.22

Artist Unknown
Chinese
Head: Stone head of Bodhisattva, ca. 500 AD
limestone
16 x 8 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.23

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Ming dynasty, 1368–1644
Head of Buddha, n.d.
cast iron, paint
18 1/2 x 13 x 13 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.24

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Shang dynasty, 1600–1046 BCE or Zhou dynasty, 1046–256 BCE
Taotie mask with incised designs, n.d.
bronze
8 x 8 x 1/8 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.25

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Shang dynasty, 1600–1046 BCE
Double-owl vessel (YOU) with lid, n.d.
bronze
8 x 8 x 6 1/4 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.26

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 1046–256 BCE
Vessel (GUI) with a body decorated with conical bosses and two taotie-head handles, n.d.
bronze
6 1/4 x 9 1/4 12 3/4 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.27
Al Held
American, 1928–2005
Cubes, 1969
lithograph on paper
35 x 24 1/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Harry and Margaret Meisner, 2014.28

Vincent Longo
American, b. 1923
Frontal, 1970
etching on paper
30 x 22 1/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Harry and Margaret Meisner, 2014.29

Andrew Dasburg
American, b. France, 1887–1979
Ranchos Valley I, 1974
lithograph on paper
20 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Harry and Margaret Meisner, 2014.30

Harold Edgerton
American, 1903–1990
Bullet Through King of
Diamonds, 1964
dye transfer print
9 x 11 inches
Gift of Arlette and Gus Kayafas, 2014.31

Harold Edgerton
American, 1903–1990
Moving Skip Rope, 1952
dye transfer print
9 x 11 inches
Gift of Arlette and Gus Kayafas, 2014.32

Adolph Gottlieb
American, 1903–1974
Germination III, 1969
lithograph on paper
22 1/4 x 30 inches
Gift of the Estate of Herbert J. Booth, 2014.33

Robert Rauschenberg
American, 1925–2008
Hand-Drawn, Light-Printed, 1980
off-set lithograph on mylar
23 x 18 inches
Gift of Max Lepler and Rex L. Dotson, 2014.34

Louis Comfort Tiffany
American, 1848–1933
Stained Glass Window, n.d.
glass
46 x 30 inches
Gift of the Bellairs-Bishop-Miner Family, 2014.35
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