Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
West Corridor Floor Plan
Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the normalization of relations between Vietnam and the United States, this first major presentation of 25 works from the Freer's Vietnamese ceramic collection reflects recent scholarship linking these Vietnamese ceramics with 12th- to 16th-century production centers in the Red River delta in northern Vietnam. Works on view include ceramics originally thought to be Japanese and a bowl thought to be Chinese when it was acquired in 1929 (now identified as identical to bowls excavated from the 15th-century layer of the Thang Long citadel site in Hanoi).