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Greenwich Couple Donates Chinese Antiquities To Bruce Museum

Fred and Jane Brooks recently donated six Tang Dynasty-era artifacts to the Bruce Museum Photo Credit: Bob Capazzo/Greenwich Magazine
The Brooks family recently donated six ceramic artifacts from the Tang Dynasty to the Bruce Museum. Photo Credit: Contributed
Several ceramic Bactrian camels were part of the gift the Brooks family gave to the Bruce Museum. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Tang Dynasty artifacts will go on display Thursday, March 7. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich's Bruce Museum recently announced the donation of six Tang Dynasty ceramics from the collection of Fred and Jane Brooks.

Highlights of the gift include a dramatically animated, tri-color glazed ceramic Lokapala, or worldly protector, one of the deities who rule the directions of space according to Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism.

All of the donated works date from the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 A.D.), which is regarded as one of the greatest periods of artistic creativity in China. In addition to the Lokapala, the gift also includes several ceramic Bactrian camels, some of which are decorated with bright clear glazes and brilliant colors including cobalt blue.

The new donations will go on view on Friday, March 7, in the Museum together with two other outstanding, colorful Lokapalas that are part of the promised gifts from the Brooks Collection.

The Bruce is located at One Museum Dr. in Greenwich. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students up to 22-years-old and $6 for seniors. Members of the Bruce get in for free as do children younger than 5-years-old.

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