The Tea Ceremony as Melting Pot

January 31, 2004 – February 20, 2005

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Gallery 6A Floor Plan

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.