March 15, 2014 – July 27, 2014

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

Sublevel 3 Floor Plan

The utilitarian storage jar is one of the most useful ceramics to have emerged from ancient Chinese kilns. Its basic structure—a compact container with four lugs on the shoulder, suitable for packing, shipping, and storage—was imitated throughout East and Southeast Asia. A complement to the exhibition Chigusa and the Art of Tea (on view through July 27, 2014), this display of 10 jars include the prototypical Chinese version, as well as variations from Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Burma.