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Chinese Pots for Tabletop Gardens: Honoring the World Bonsai Friendship Federation

May 27, 2005 – September 5, 2005

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

Location: Sublevel 3

The English term "bonsai" embraces several styles of miniature plantings and gardens -- including Chinese penjing (scenery in a container) -- featuring rocks and dwarfed trees. To show how the pot used to hold a bonsai is also important to the overall aesthetic impact, this display features 8 antique Chinese pots revealing a continuum of taste from imperial opulence to restrained rusticity.