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2014.04.19 San Antonio Museum of Art



The museum doesn't look like much from the street. It's very close to downtown though.
    After a day at the San Antonio River Walk, we'll walk some more, around the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA).

The museum is split by a high-ceilinged lobby into West and East towers.

We'll start at the top of the West tower, 4 floors of non-antiquity art served by a glass elevator.

Andy Warhol
Athletes Series, 1978
(Top, L-R) Pelé, Chris Evert, Dorothy Hamill, Jack Nichlaus, Muhammad Ali
(Bottom, L-R) Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Tom Seaver, O.J. Simpson, Rod Gilbert, Willie Shoemaker
Andy Warhol
Richard Weisman, 1986
He commissioned the work in 1977. They were stolen from his collection in 2009 and shortly after he cancelled his insurance claim on them. The case is still unsolved.
Chuck Close
Obama 2012 (II), 2012


Irish Silver from a Texas Collection    
Halstaff & Hannaford, London
Desk Set, 19th century


ca 1755

ca 1755



European Art    
Gustave Courbet
The LakeNear Saint-Point , , 1872

Leda, ?

William Adolphe Bouguereau
Admiration, 1897
Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Louis Morel
The Flute Player (Joueur de Fluteau), ca 1918, cast later
Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Richard Guino
Clock Project - Triumph of Love, ca 1914, cast later
Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Louis Morel
Dancer with Tambourine (Danseus au Tamourin), ca 1918, cast later
Vincenzo Dandini
St. Mark the Evangelist, 1640s


Contemporary Art

John Battenburg
Morning Patrol, ca 1966
On the roof, through a hole in reflective film in a locked door.

descending to the gallery

(L) Jack Goldstein , Untitled, 1987
(R) Alberto Mijangos , Surrounded by Sound, 1988
Deborah Remington
Omina, 1978
Richard Diebenkorn
Ocean Park No. 53, 1972
Helen Frankenthaler
Eden Revisited, 1967-76
Frank Stella
Double Scramble, 1968

Donald Lipski
F.I.S.H. No. 2, 2009
An exhibition/"spare" for a 25-fish install- ation below I-35_TX in San Antonio.
Hans Hoffman
Liberation, 1947
Raul Castellanos
Post-Apocalyptic Fury of Alcoholism and Consumerism, An Altar of Martyrdom, Rebirth, and Process-Based Art, 2012
Susan Budge
Gold Horns, 2008
Henry Stein
Shifting Boundaries, Shanghai, 2002
James Surls
The Eyes Have It, 1974

above the lobby
James Surls
Dragon Lady, 1975



Art of Oceania    




Figural Dance Staff
New Hebrides,
early 20th century



Basketry Figure of
a Wild Pig

New Guinea
early 20th century


Islamic Art    

Brazier, Syria, early 20th century

Door, Iran, 19th century

Iranian pottery and enamel

(T) Pistol, 18th century, Albania
(B) Shoulder Arm, Turkey, 17th century

Helmet, Indo-Iranian, 18th century


Tile Panel with Birds, Iranian, 19th century


Asian Art - China

Civil official, China, Tang dynasty, 618-906


Sui and Tang Dynasty: Tomb Guardians

Horse, China, Tang dynasty, 618-908
(L) Earth spirit, or qitou, China, Tang dynasty, 618-906
(R) Guardian, China, Tang synasty, 618-906

Granary jar, China, Western Jin dynasty, 265-316

Money Tree

Watchtower, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 25-220 AD



Watchtower, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 25-220 AD

Watchtower, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 25-220 AD

Pair of Vases Decorated with Famous Sites of Jianxi Province, China, Qing dynasty, Daoguang period (1920-1850)

(T) Pair of massive moon flasks with phoenix and peonies, China, Qing dynasty, 18th-early 19th century

(B) Pair of vases with scrolling lotus, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Jar, China, Yuan dynasty, 1279-1368

China, mostly Song dynasty, 960-1127

Tomb Guardian, China, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

Vessel in the shape of an Archasistic pou, China, Qing dyansty, Qianlong period, 1735-1796

(L) Jar Decorated with Birds and Flowers, Ming dyansty, 1368-1644
(C) Censer in the Shape of an Archaistic ding, Late Ming dynasty, 17th century
(R) Vessel in the Shape of an Archaistic gu, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, 1735-1796

Vessel in the shape of an archaic bronze vessel, or zun, China, Ming dyansty, 16th-17th century

Pair of Vases Decorated with Cranes and Lotuses, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Pair of Pilgrim Flasks, China, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century

Set of vases, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, 1735-1796
(L) Vase in form of archaic bronze vessel, or hu, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, 1735-1796
(R) Based on Islamic metalwork prototypes, first produced during the 14th and 15th centuries.



Pair of urns, China, Song/Yuan dynasty, 13th-14th century
Censer, China, Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century

This flamboyant tripod vessel with its plastic modeled vegetation and dragons was probably made as part of a five-piece altar set for a Buddhist or Daoist temple, from the Yuan into the late Ming dynasty.









Seated Figure of Buddha, China, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century

Guanyin Bodhisattva, China, Song-Yuan dynasty, mid-13th century

Model of a Buddhist Pagoda, China, Liao dynasty (907-1125)

Wenshu, or Bodhisattva of Wisdom seated on a lion, China, Ming dynasty, dated to 1476


Asian Art - Central Asia

Scenes of the life of Buddha, Pakistan or Eastern Afghanistan, 2nd-3rd century

Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, Pakistan or Eastern Afghanistan, ca 3rd century

Surya, or the sun god, India, 10th-11th century

Shiva, India, Rajasthan, 11th-12th century

Chakra, symbol of destruction, India, 16th century

Vishnu stele, India, 11th-12th century

Seated Buddha, India, 10th century

Lama Phuntsho Sherab, Tibet, late 17th - early 18th century

Surya shrine, Nepal, 15th century

Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, 17th century

Crowned Buddha, Sino-Tibetan, 15th-16th century



Buddhist sutra (text) cover, Tibet, 15th-16th century
from UL to LR:
= Ugyan Lingpa, Tibet, 16 century
= Manjushri, Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Tibet, 15th-17th century
= Lobsang Gyatsho (1617-1682): The Fifth Dalai Lama, Tibet, 17th-18th century
= Stupa model, chorten, Tibet, 14th century
= Gau (travelling shrine), Tibet, 19th century
= Gau (travelling shrine), Tibet, 19th century
Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala
Tibetan, Made in San Antonio by Drepung Loseling Monks of Karnatakam South India in July 2001.
SAMA is one of four museums in the US to display a sand mandala, and SAMA is the only one to have a Tibetan Medicine Buddha mandala.

Portrait of Je Tsong Khapa, Tibet, 17th century

Amitayus Buddha Thangka, Tibet, late 18th century

Vajrapani, Tibet, late 12th-13th century

Buddha Amitabha in Western Paradise, Tibet, ca 1700

Vaishravana, Tibet?, ca 1700
Southeast Asia


Tigers and Magpies, Korea, late 19th - early 20th century

8 panels humorously depicting a tiger's reactions to a tormenting magpie.


Buddha of Flaming Abundant Brightness with Buddhas, Celestial Officials, and Attendants, Korea, early 19th century

Shakyamuni Buddha, Myanmar, late 18th-19th century

Two Bodhisattvas, Vietnam, late 18th-19th century

Shakymuni Buddha sheltered by Muchalinda, Thailand, 12th-13th century

Censer, Vietnam, 16th century


Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World

Ancient Egypt

Coffin panel showing the goddess Isis, Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, 332-30 BC

Relief fragment, Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, reign of Ptolemy II, 285-246 BC

Relief fragments depicting boats in a march, Egypt, Old (2686-2181 BC) or Middle (2055-1650 BC) Kingdom

A lioness-headed goddess, Egypt, Late Period, 664-332 BC

Recumbent Hippopotamus, Fish Amulet, Crocodile, Boatmen

left to right:
= Corner block of the official "Qar", Egypt, ca 2345-2181 BC
= Architrave of Senwy-Wen and Sat-Merit, Egypt, ca 2494-2181 BC
= False door of the official "Nefri", Egypt, ca 2494-2345 BC
= Door jamb of the official "Tchetchu", Egypt, ca 2494-2181 BC
Funerary Art


Coffin, Egypt, First Intermediary Period, Dynasty 9-10, ca 2160-2025 BC

Coffin of Na-Menkh-Amen, Egypt, Third Intermediary Period, Dynasty 25, ca 747-656 BC


Sekhmet, Egypt, New Kingdom, Dyansty 18, reign of Amenhotep III, ca 1390-1352 BC


Standing statue of Nehebut-Kai, Egypt, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, ca 2613-2494 BC

Bust of a woman, Egypt, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, ca 2613-2494 BC



Two relief sculptures from a funerary monument, Egypt

Seated statue of an official, Egypt, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6-8, ca 2345-2160 BC

Funerary stela for Imenhotepu and his wife, Bebi, Egypt, Second Intermediate Period, Dynasty 17, ca 1580-1550 BC


Mentu-Em-Hat, Egypt, Late Period, Dynasty 26, ca 660-650 BC

Funerary stela of Neb-Re, Egypt, New Kingdom, Ramesside Period, Dynasty 19-20, ca 1295-1069 BC

Fragment of a Book of the Dead, Egypt, New Kingdon, Dynasty 18-20, ca 15??-???? BC

Mummy case of Nes-Khonsu-Pa-Khered, Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21-25, ca 1069-644 BC



Funerary stela. Egypt, Roman Period, ca AD 100-250

Funerary stela, Egypt, Coptic, 5th-7th century AD


Eastern Mediterranean Glass

Toilet vessels: Mold-blown flagon, Eastern Mediterranean, 2nd-4th century AD

Miniature "Amphora Amulets", Eastern Mediterranean, 2nd-4th century AD

Core-formed amphoriskoi, Eastern Mediterranean, late 6th-early 4th century BC

(L) Four-compartment cosmetic tube, Eastern Mediterranean, 4th-5th century AD
(R) Free-blown double cosmetic tubes, Eastern Mediterranean, 3rd-4th century AD

Core-formed amphoriskos, Eastern Mediterranean, late 6th-early 4th century BC

Free-blown bottles with spiral thread decoration, Eastern Mediterranean, 1st-2nd century AD



Mold-blown bottles, amphora, beaker, flasks

(T) Flask, Syro-Palestinian, Late Roman or Byzantine, 6th century AD
(B) Core-formed cosmetic containers, Eastern Mediterranean, 5th-7th century AD

Balsamaria, Eastern Mediterranean, 6th-8th century AD

Free-blown jug, Eastern Mediterranean, 1st-3rd century AD



Ancient Greece


The Trojan War
(L) Red-figure plate, Greek (South Italian, Apulian), ca 320-310 BC
(R) Black-figure cup, Greek (Attic), ca 500 BC

Black-figure column-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water), Greek (Attic), ca 530-520 BC

Red-figure bell-krater, Greek (Attic), ca 380 BC

Red-figure calyx-krater, Greek (Attic), 4th century BC

Chalkidian black-figure amphora (jar), Greek (South Italian), ca 550-540 BC

Black-figure neck-amphora, Greek (Attic), ca 510-500 BC

Black-figure neck-amphora, Greek (Attic) or Italic, ca 550-525 BC

Herakles (Hercules)



Black-figure neck-amphora, Greek (Attic), ca 525-515 BC


Black-figure cup, Greek (Attic), ca 565-560 BC

Red-figure column-krater, Greek (Attic), ca 490-480 BC

Black-figure neck-amphora, Greek (Attic) mid-6th century BC

Red-figure oinochoe (pitcher), Greek (Attic), ca 490-480 BC

Black-figure amphora, Greek (Attic), ca 540 BC


Red-figure lebes gamikos (marriage vessel), Greek (South Italian, Paestan), ca 340-330 BC

Red-figure lebes gamikos (marriage vessel), Greek (South Italian, Paestan), ca 320-310 BC

Greek Funerary Sculpture

(L) Red-figure stemless cup, Greek (South Italian, Paestan), mid-4th century BC
(R) Red-figure cup Greek (South Italian, Paestan), ca 350 BC

Red-figure amphora, Greek (South Italian, Apulian), ca 330-320 BC

Black-figure eye-cup, Greek (Attic), ca 520-510 BC


(L) Red-figure hydria (water jar), Greek (Attic), ca 450 BC
(R) Red-figure column-krater, Greek (Attic), ca 450-440 BC



Red-figure neck-amphora with twisted handles, Greek (South Italian, Paestan), ca 340-330 BC


Larnax (coffin), Minoan (Late Minoan III), ca 1300 BC

Coins of the Ptolemies

Wreath of oak leaves and acorns, Greek (Late Classical or Hellenistic period)


Ancient Rome








The Lansdowne Marcus Aurelius, Roman, AD 140-150

Lid from a Sarcophagus, Etruscan, 3rd century BC


Statue of a woman, Probably from Etruria or Latium, 4th-3rd century BC

Cremation urn, Etruscan, 2nd century BC

Statue of Cupid and Psyche, Roman (Hadrianic), AD 117-138

Garland sarcophagus (coffin), Roman, AD 130-150

Sarcophagus, Roman (probably from Tyre), 2nd-3rd century AD

Statue of Athena, Roman, 1st century AD

The Lansdowne Trajan, Roman, head: AD 98-117; torso: 1st-2nd century AD
(L) Statue of Pan, Roman, 1st-2nd century AD
(R) Statuette of the hanging Marayas, Roman, 1st century AD

Statue of Cybele, Roman, 1st-2nd century AD

Portrait of a woman, Roman (Trajanic period), early 2nd century AD

Portrait of Hadrian, Roman, AD 117-138

Portrait of Antinous, Roman, AD 130-138

Portrait of a man wearing a himation, Roman, late 2nd-5th century AD

Cinerary urn of Lepidia, Roman, AD 100-125

Funerary relief for three former slaves, Roman, Augustan period, late 1st century BC–early 1st century AD



Statue of the sleeping Ariadne, Roman, 2nd century AD

Floor mosaic: Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs, Roman, 3rd-4th century AD


Set of strigils, Roman, 1st-3rd century AD
After bathing, the Romans rubbed themselves with oil and then used a scraping tool called a strigil, a set carried on a ring, to remove the excess oil.
(L) Head of Bacchus, Roman, 1st-2nd century AD
(R) Statuette of Venus and Cupid, Roman, 2nd-4th century AD

carved bone panels

18. Cupid playing cymbals, Roman, 3rd century AD
19. a man, Roman, 3rd-4th century AD
20. Bacchus holding a bunch of grapes, Roman, 4th-5th century AD
21. a maenad (female follower of Bacchus), Roman, 4th century AD
22. a maenad playing a tympanum, Roman, 3rd-4th century AD
23. a centaur, Roman, 4th century AD
24. a maenad, Roman, 3rd-4th century AD


Anatolian (Early
Bronze Age)
= Ox cart, ca 2000 BC
= Jar with two handles, ca 3000-2000 BC
= Jug with two spouts, ca 3000-2000 BC
= Beak-spouted jug with "nipples", ca 3000-2000 BC
= Beak-spouted jug, ca 3000-2000 BC
= Beak-spouted jug, ca 3000-2000 BC

The East wing is the real gem of this museum, for the antiquities and the open, airy galleries that present them. The West wing seemed rather ad hoc, with not so great temperature and humidity control, and galleries like the Contemporary Art too small for their contents. Maybe for viewing, but not for photographing. Still, I took almost 350 pictures so it couldn't have been that bad. $10 admission, nto sure about parking because we took a cab to rest our well-trod feet and actually get there with some decent time remaining. We ran out of time to see the Current Exhibition gallery of Thomas Sully 's paintings of theatrical performers of the 1800s. The antiquities wing was an excellent complement to what we've seen at the Getty Villa, and the Roman gallery was quite special for the ability to wander among the collected works.

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