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The Tea Ceremony as Melting Pot

January 31, 2004 – February 20, 2005

Museum: Freer Gallery of Art

Location: Gallery 6A

This small exhibition of 17 objects features an eclectic variety of Chinese, Southeast Asian, Korean, and Japanese jars, bowls, cups, dishes, boxes, and a water holder. These items illustrate how exotic foreign ceramics -- imported during a period of vigorous international commerce during the 16th and early 17th centuries -- became so integrated into the tea ceremony that their provenance was forgotten and they were considered to be Japanese.