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Curator of European porcelain Jeff Munger delves into the tactile experience of working with clay.

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  • Jeff Munger
    1280852
  • Vase with peaches  |  Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, 18th century  |  China  |  Porcelain with overglaze enamels  |  Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917 (17.120.194)
    8591024
  • Coffee service  |  1900–1904  |  Designer: Lèon Kann (French); Sèvres Manufactory (French)  |  Hard-paste porcelain  |  Gift of Diane R. Wolf, 1988 (1988.287.1a, b)
    1280869
  • Wall tiles from the funerary apartments of king Djoser  |  Old Kingdom, Dynasty 3, reign of Djoser, ca. 2630–2611 b.c.  |  Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Djoser Pyramid precinct  |  Faience  |  Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1948 (48.160.1)
    6861024
  • Vase  |  ca. 1710–15  |  Factory: Meissen Manufactory   |  German (Meissen)  |  Stoneware  |  Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, 1951 (51.1.4)
    8021024
  • Clog-shaped tea bowl with design of plum blossoms and geometric patterns  |  Momoyama period, early 17th century  |  Japan  |  Stoneware with iron-black glaze (Mino ware, black Oribe type)  |  Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry Collection, Bequest of Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 2000 (2002.447.28)
    1280874
  • Clog-shaped tea bowl with design of plum blossoms and geometric patterns  |  Momoyama period, early 17th century  |  Japan  |  Stoneware with iron-black glaze (Mino ware, black Oribe type)  |  Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry Collection, Bequest of Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 2000 (2002.447.28)
    1280985
  • Clog-shaped tea bowl with design of plum blossoms and geometric patterns  |  Momoyama period, early 17th century  |  Japan  |  Stoneware with iron-black glaze (Mino ware, black Oribe type)  |  Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry Collection, Bequest of Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 2000 (2002.447.28)
    1280874
  • Vase  |  Tang dynasty, 8th century  |  China  |  Earthenware with black glaze  |  Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, Bequest of Dorothy Graham Bennett, and Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1996 (1996.226)
    8691024
  • Tea bowl  |  ca. 1575  |  Tanaka Chôjirô (?) (Japanese)  |  Rough clay covered with a dull black glaze; three spur marks of iron supports (Raku ware)  |  Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.118.74)
    10881024
  • Kernos (vase for multiple offerings), Jar, Jug  |  ca. 2300–2200 b.c.; Early Cycladic III–Middle Cycladic I  |  Terracotta   |  Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2004 (2004.363.1–3)
    1280818
  • Camel  |  Northern Wei–Northern Qi dynasty, mid–late 6th century  |  China  |  Earthenware with traces of pigment  |  Rogers Fund, 1928 (28.121)
    8611024
  • Terracotta askos (vessel) in the form of a fish  |  ca. 1200–1175 b.c.; Late Cypriot III  |  Terracotta  |  The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76 (74.51.788)
    1280949
  • Platter  |  last quarter of 16th century  |  School of Bernard Palissy (French)  |  Lead-glazed earthenware  |  Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953 (53.225.52)
    12801023
  • Platter  |  last quarter of 16th century  |  School of Bernard Palissy (French)  |  Lead-glazed earthenware  |  Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953 (53.225.52)
    1280853
  • Platter  |  last quarter of 16th century  |  School of Bernard Palissy (French)  |  Lead-glazed earthenware  |  Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953 (53.225.52)
    1280916
  • Krishna Killing the Horse Demon Keshi  |  Gupta period, 5th century  |  India (Uttar Pradesh)  |  Terracotta  |  Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991 (1991.300)
    8131024
  • Krishna Killing the Horse Demon Keshi  |  Gupta period, 5th century  |  India (Uttar Pradesh)  |  Terracotta  |  Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991 (1991.300)
    10451024
  • Footed Bowl  |  Predynastic Period, probably late Naqada I–early Naqada II, ca. 3750–3550 b.c.  |  Egyptian  |  Ceramic  |  Rogers Fund, 1910 (10.176.113)
    10241024
  • Bottle  |  1926  |  Adelaide Alsop Robineau (American)  |  Porcelain  |  Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1930 (30.17)
    5941024
  • Vase (Vase Duplessis)  |  ca. 1752  |  Model attributed to Jean-Claude Duplessis (French)  |  French (Vincennes)  |  Gift of Mrs. Morris Hawkes, 1924 (24.214.4)
    8371024
  • Vase (Vase Duplessis)  |  ca. 1752  |  Model attributed to Jean-Claude Duplessis (French)  |  French (Vincennes)  |  Gift of Mrs. Morris Hawkes, 1924 (24.214.4)
    1280988
  • "Sakura" Vase  |  1967  |  Toshiko Takaezu (American)  |  Glazed porcelain  |  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Grotta, 1986 (1986.417.2)
    11431024
  • Jar  |  1805–33  |  Paul Cushman (American)  |  Stoneware  |  Gift of Paul Cushman Jr., 2002 (2002.475)
    9301024
  • Jar  |  1805–33  |  Paul Cushman (American)  |  Stoneware  |  Gift of Paul Cushman Jr., 2002 (2002.475)
    9301024
  • Jar  |  1805–33  |  Paul Cushman (American)  |  Stoneware  |  Gift of Paul Cushman Jr., 2002 (2002.475)
    9701024
  • Bowl  |  1898–1910  |  George E. Ohr (American)  |  Earthenware  |  Promised Gift
    8041024
  • Bowl  |  1898–1910  |  George E. Ohr (American)  |  Earthenware  |  Promised Gift
    1280902
  • Lion and Lioness  |  ca. 1732  |  Model attributed to Johann Gottlieb Kirchner (German)  |  German (Meissen)  |  Hard-paste porcelain  |  Purchase, Wrightsman Fund, 1988 (1988.294.1,.2)
    1280487
  • Lion and Lioness  |  ca. 1732  |  Model attributed to Johann Gottlieb Kirchner (German)  |  German (Meissen)  |  Hard-paste porcelain  |  Purchase, Wrightsman Fund, 1988 (1988.294.1,.2)
    1280978
  • Lion and Lioness  |  ca. 1732  |  Model attributed to Johann Gottlieb Kirchner (German)  |  German (Meissen)  |  Hard-paste porcelain  |  Purchase, Wrightsman Fund, 1988 (1988.294.1,.2)
    1280978
  • Water pot  |  Edo period, ca. 1625  |  Japan  |  Bizen pottery; lacquer cover; called Daruma-shape  |  Fletcher Fund, 1925 (25.215.47a,b)
    11561024
  • Water pot  |  Edo period, ca. 1625  |  Japan  |  Bizen pottery; lacquer cover; called Daruma-shape  |  Fletcher Fund, 1925 (25.215.47a,b)
    11561024
  • Bottle Vase  |  Song dynasty (960–1279)  |  China  |  Porcelain with ivory white glaze (Ding-type ware)  |  Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Adele Herzman, 1991 (1991.253.14)
    7771024
  • Jeff Munger
    1280852
  • My name is Jeff Munger, and I'm curator in the department of European sculpture and decorative arts, and my topic is "Clay."

  • My interest in clay goes back a long time. Somewhat embarrassingly

  • I attempted to be a potter in school. I found I had no aptitude for throwing pots, but

  • I loved working with the material, and it was endlessly exciting

  • to see what would happen when the kiln door was finally opened. The kind of pots that I tried to create

  • were very much influenced by Japanese ceramics, primarily those for the tea ceremony.

  • I was fascinated by the roughness of the clay, by the abstract use of

  • glazes, by the accidents that could happen in the kiln, the different temperatures, anything can affect it.

  • One of the things that most appeals to me about ceramics is the sense of immediacy and spontaneity.

  • You really have the sense of the potter working directly on the object.

  • With clay, you're essentially taking something out of the earth, firing it, and then it transforms into something completely different.

  • Because clay itself does not have inherent value or worth, the value that we see in these objects is the vision and the skill that the potter has brought to them.

  • The natural world has attracted potters for millennia. Bernard Palissy

  • literally took casts of frogs, of snakes, of

  • shells, and used those casts to make these nonfunctional

  • highly decorative and rather bizarre objects.

  • There's something about the color of terra cotta, of the clay itself

  • which is evocative of skin, which gives a kind of presence that you wouldn't find in a marble or a bronze.

  • I find it remarkable that potters can work with mineral oxides that look like various shades of mud

  • and yet somehow after they're fired achieve extraordinary colors.

  • Ceramics could also serve as a canvas for potters. This vase has these beautifully modeled highly detailed flowers that creep up the side, extended by

  • painting two dimensional flowers onto the surface. I'm particularly fond

  • of Toshiko Takaezu, as she was the potter with whom I studied. She was the best of teachers, infinitely patient, but she taught me enormous respect for basic materials, for the possibility of chance. You can't control what happens in the firing.

  • This stoneware jar, the uneven rim

  • the bulges on the side, the lack of symmetry

  • are really the essence of clay, and it was a good lesson that there really are no guarantees in life.

  • George Ohr, you can feel that he has taken his hands and

  • crushed this vase that is completely abstract, yet to me celebrates the clayness itself.

  • I wasn't good at either throwing or glazing but the sheer experience of trying to do both

  • made me especially appreciative of

  • the skills of the potters whose works I now handle today. I can see

  • the lines of a vase that has been raised on the wheel

  • the tool marks where a handle has been applied or details have been freshened. I approach

  • these objects differently and in a more tactile way, having some sense of what is involved

  • in creating the final product.

  • 17.120.194
    Vase with peaches, Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, 18th century, China, Porcelain with overglaze enamels Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917 (17.120.194)
  • 1988.287.1a,b
    Coffee service, 1900–1904, Designer: Lèon Kann (French); Sèvres Manufactory (French), Hard-paste porcelain Gift of Diane R. Wolf, 1988 (1988.287.1a, b)
  • 48.160.1
    Wall tiles from the funerary apartments of king Djoser, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 3, reign of Djoser, ca. 2630–2611 b.c., Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Djoser Pyramid precinct, Faience Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1948 (48.160.1)
  • 51.1.4
    Vase, ca. 1710–15, Factory: Meissen Manufactory , German (Meissen), Stoneware Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, 1951 (51.1.4)
  • 2002.447.28
    Clog-shaped tea bowl with design of plum blossoms and geometric patterns, Momoyama period, early 17th century, Japan, Stoneware with iron-black glaze (Mino ware, black Oribe type) Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry Collection, Bequest of Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 2000 (2002.447.28)
  • 1996.226
    Vase, Tang dynasty, 8th century, China, Earthenware with black glaze Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, Bequest of Dorothy Graham Bennett, and Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1996 (1996.226)
  • 17.118.74
    Tea bowl, ca. 1575, Tanaka Chôjirô (?) (Japanese), Rough clay covered with a dull black glaze; three spur marks of iron supports (Raku ware) Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.118.74)
  • 2004.363.1-3
    Kernos (vase for multiple offerings), Jar, Jug, ca. 2300–2200 b.c.; Early Cycladic III–Middle Cycladic I, Terracotta Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2004 (2004.363.1–3)
  • 28.121
    Camel, Northern Wei–Northern Qi dynasty, mid–late 6th century, China, Earthenware with traces of pigment Rogers Fund, 1928 (28.121)
  • 74.51.788
    Terracotta askos (vessel) in the form of a fish, ca. 1200–1175 b.c.; Late Cypriot III, Terracotta The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76 (74.51.788)
  • 53.225.52
    Platter, last quarter of 16th century, School of Bernard Palissy (French), Lead-glazed earthenware Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953 (53.225.52)
  • 1991.300
    Krishna Killing the Horse Demon Keshi, Gupta period, 5th century, India (Uttar Pradesh), Terracotta Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991 (1991.300)
  • 10.176.113
    Footed Bowl, Predynastic Period, probably late Naqada I–early Naqada II, ca. 3750–3550 b.c., Egyptian, Ceramic Rogers Fund, 1910 (10.176.113)
  • 30.17
    Bottle, 1926, Adelaide Alsop Robineau (American), Porcelain Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1930 (30.17)
  • 24.214.4
    Vase (Vase Duplessis), ca. 1752, Model attributed to Jean-Claude Duplessis (French), French (Vincennes) Gift of Mrs. Morris Hawkes, 1924 (24.214.4)
  • 1986.417.2
    "Sakura" Vase, 1967, Toshiko Takaezu (American), Glazed porcelain Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Grotta, 1986 (1986.417.2)
  • 2002.475
    Jar, 1805–33, Paul Cushman (American), Stoneware Gift of Paul Cushman Jr., 2002 (2002.475)
  • L.2009.22.289
    Bowl, 1898–1910, George E. Ohr (American), Earthenware, Promised Gift
  • 1988.294.1,.2
    Lion and Lioness, ca. 1732, Model attributed to Johann Gottlieb Kirchner (German), German (Meissen), Hard-paste porcelain Purchase, Wrightsman Fund, 1988 (1988.294.1,.2)
  • 25.215.47a,b
    Water pot, Edo period, ca. 1625, Japan, Bizen pottery; lacquer cover; called Daruma-shape Fletcher Fund, 1925 (25.215.47a,b)
  • 1991.253.14
    Bottle Vase, Song dynasty (960–1279), China, Porcelain with ivory white glaze (Ding-type ware) Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Adele Herzman, 1991 (1991.253.14)
  • Vase with peaches, Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, 18th century, China, Porcelain with overglaze enamels Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917 (17.120.194)
    Coffee service, 1900–1904, Designer: Lèon Kann (French); Sèvres Manufactory (French), Hard-paste porcelain Gift of Diane R. Wolf, 1988 (1988.287.1a, b)
    Wall tiles from the funerary apartments of king Djoser, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 3, reign of Djoser, ca. 2630–2611 b.c., Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Djoser Pyramid precinct, Faience Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1948 (48.160.1)
    Vase, ca. 1710–15, Factory: Meissen Manufactory , German (Meissen), Stoneware Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, 1951 (51.1.4)
    Clog-shaped tea bowl with design of plum blossoms and geometric patterns, Momoyama period, early 17th century, Japan, Stoneware with iron-black glaze (Mino ware, black Oribe type) Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry Collection, Bequest of Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 2000 (2002.447.28)
    Vase, Tang dynasty, 8th century, China, Earthenware with black glaze Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, Bequest of Dorothy Graham Bennett, and Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1996 (1996.226)
    Tea bowl, ca. 1575, Tanaka Chôjirô (?) (Japanese), Rough clay covered with a dull black glaze; three spur marks of iron supports (Raku ware) Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.118.74)
    Kernos (vase for multiple offerings), Jar, Jug, ca. 2300–2200 b.c.; Early Cycladic III–Middle Cycladic I, Terracotta Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2004 (2004.363.1–3)
    Camel, Northern Wei–Northern Qi dynasty, mid–late 6th century, China, Earthenware with traces of pigment Rogers Fund, 1928 (28.121)
    Terracotta askos (vessel) in the form of a fish, ca. 1200–1175 b.c.; Late Cypriot III, Terracotta The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76 (74.51.788)
    Platter, last quarter of 16th century, School of Bernard Palissy (French), Lead-glazed earthenware Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953 (53.225.52)
    Krishna Killing the Horse Demon Keshi, Gupta period, 5th century, India (Uttar Pradesh), Terracotta Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991 (1991.300)
    Footed Bowl, Predynastic Period, probably late Naqada I–early Naqada II, ca. 3750–3550 b.c., Egyptian, Ceramic Rogers Fund, 1910 (10.176.113)
    Bottle, 1926, Adelaide Alsop Robineau (American), Porcelain Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1930 (30.17)
    Vase (Vase Duplessis), ca. 1752, Model attributed to Jean-Claude Duplessis (French), French (Vincennes) Gift of Mrs. Morris Hawkes, 1924 (24.214.4)
    "Sakura" Vase, 1967, Toshiko Takaezu (American), Glazed porcelain Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Grotta, 1986 (1986.417.2)
    Jar, 1805–33, Paul Cushman (American), Stoneware Gift of Paul Cushman Jr., 2002 (2002.475)
    Bowl, 1898–1910, George E. Ohr (American), Earthenware, Promised Gift
    Lion and Lioness, ca. 1732, Model attributed to Johann Gottlieb Kirchner (German), German (Meissen), Hard-paste porcelain Purchase, Wrightsman Fund, 1988 (1988.294.1,.2)
    Water pot, Edo period, ca. 1625, Japan, Bizen pottery; lacquer cover; called Daruma-shape Fletcher Fund, 1925 (25.215.47a,b)
    Bottle Vase, Song dynasty (960–1279), China, Porcelain with ivory white glaze (Ding-type ware) Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Adele Herzman, 1991 (1991.253.14)
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    Works of art in order of appearance

    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    Vase with peaches
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, 18th century
    China
    Porcelain with overglaze enamels
    Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917 (17.120.194)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Coffee service
    1900–1904
    Designer: Lèon Kann (French); Sèvres Manufactory (French)
    Hard-paste porcelain
    Gift of Diane R. Wolf, 1988 (1988.287.1a, b)
    On view: Gallery 556
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    Wall tiles from the funerary apartments of king Djoser
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 3, reign of Djoser, ca. 2630–2611 b.c.
    Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Djoser Pyramid precinct
    Faience
    Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1948 (48.160.1)
    On view: Gallery 103
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    Vase
    ca. 1710–15
    Factory: Meissen Manufactory
    German (Meissen)
    Stoneware
    Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, 1951 (51.1.4)
    On view: Gallery 521
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    Clog-shaped tea bowl with design of plum blossoms and geometric patterns
    Momoyama period, early 17th century
    Japan
    Stoneware with iron-black glaze (Mino ware, black Oribe type)
    Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry Collection, Bequest of Dr. and Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 2000 (2002.447.28)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Vase
    Tang dynasty, 8th century
    China
    Earthenware with black glaze
    Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, Bequest of Dorothy Graham Bennett, and Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1996 (1996.226)
    On view: Gallery 207
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Tea bowl
    ca. 1575
    Tanaka Chôjirô (?) (Japanese)
    Rough clay covered with a dull black glaze; three spur marks of iron supports (Raku ware)
    Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.118.74)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Kernos (vase for multiple offerings), Jar, Jug
    ca. 2300–2200 b.c.; Early Cycladic III–Middle Cycladic I
    Terracotta
    Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2004 (2004.363.1–3)
    On view: Gallery 151
    Greek and Roman ArtFirst Floor and Mezzanine
    Camel
    Northern Wei–Northern Qi dynasty, mid–late 6th century
    China
    Earthenware with traces of pigment
    Rogers Fund, 1928 (28.121)
    On view: Gallery 207
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Terracotta askos (vessel) in the form of a fish
    ca. 1200–1175 b.c.; Late Cypriot III
    Terracotta
    The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76 (74.51.788)
    On view: Gallery 173
    Greek and Roman ArtFirst Floor and Mezzanine
    Platter
    last quarter of 16th century
    School of Bernard Palissy (French)
    Lead-glazed earthenware
    Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953 (53.225.52)
    On view: Gallery 544
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    Krishna Killing the Horse Demon Keshi
    Gupta period, 5th century
    India (Uttar Pradesh)
    Terracotta
    Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991 (1991.300)
    On view: Gallery 235
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Footed Bowl
    Predynastic Period, probably late Naqada I–early Naqada II, ca. 3750–3550 b.c.
    Egyptian
    Ceramic
    Rogers Fund, 1910 (10.176.113)
    On view: Gallery 101
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    Bottle
    1926
    Adelaide Alsop Robineau (American)
    Porcelain
    Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1930 (30.17)
    On view: Gallery 774
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Vase (Vase Duplessis)
    ca. 1752
    Model attributed to Jean-Claude Duplessis (French)
    French (Vincennes)
    Gift of Mrs. Morris Hawkes, 1924 (24.214.4)
    Not on view
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    "Sakura" Vase
    1967
    Toshiko Takaezu (American)
    Glazed porcelain
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Grotta, 1986 (1986.417.2)
    Not on view
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Jar
    1805–33
    Paul Cushman (American)
    Stoneware
    Gift of Paul Cushman Jr., 2002 (2002.475)
    On view: Gallery 704
    American Decorative ArtsFirst and Second Floors
    Bowl
    1898–1910
    George E. Ohr (American)
    Earthenware
    Promised Gift
    On view: Gallery 707
    American Decorative ArtsFirst and Second Floors
    Lion and Lioness
    ca. 1732
    Model attributed to Johann Gottlieb Kirchner (German)
    German (Meissen)
    Hard-paste porcelain
    Purchase, Wrightsman Fund, 1988 (1988.294.1,.2)
    On view: Gallery 533
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    Water pot
    Edo period, ca. 1625
    Japan
    Bizen pottery; lacquer cover; called Daruma-shape
    Fletcher Fund, 1925 (25.215.47a,b)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Bottle Vase
    Song dynasty (960–1279)
    China
    Porcelain with ivory white glaze (Ding-type ware)
    Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Adele Herzman, 1991 (1991.253.14)
    On view: Gallery 202
    Asian ArtSecond Floor

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