The Glazed Elephant: Ceramic Traditions in Cambodia

April 15, 2017 – July 9, 2017

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

Sublevel 3 Floor Plan

Water-pouring elephants; lime pots shaped like birds, rabbits, and lions; bottles with human faces and hands folded in reverence: these vessels feature in the ceramic traditions of the Angkor kingdom (802–1431). The Glazed Elephant explores these unconventional forms, their supposed functions, and the people who made and used them during this famous period in Cambodia’s history.