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Ceramics

Ceramics is one of the most ancient industries on the planet. Once humans discovered that clay could be dug up and formed into objects by first mixing it with water and then firing, the industry was born. As early as 24,000 BC, animal and human figures were made from clay, fired in primitive kilns partially dug in the ground.

About 10,000 years later, as settled communities were established, tiles were made in Mesopotamia and India. The first use of functional potter vessels for storing water and foods and clay bricks are thought to be around 9,000 - 10,000 BC.

The Chinese started making ceramic pottery as early as 3500 BC. By the time of the Tang dynasty, which began in 618 CE, there were many different colors of glazes being used. The Tang dynasty also saw the development of the first true porcelain. During the two dynasties that followed, the Sung and the Yuan, the making of porcelain became an art form.

Asian pottery and ceramics of all sorts can be found within the collection. Antique ceramics and ceramic arts have been brought in from all parts of the world. Antique pots and vessels have been excavated from ancient sites and from underwater recoveries. These unique finds are in extremely limited and rarely available.

Khmer Pouring Vessel

Perfume jars were probably used ceremonially and this might ...

Laotian Water Bottle

Laotian incised earthenware water bottle, early 1900's

Late Qing Dynasty Teapot

Late Qing dynasty teapot, China

Marine Recovered Boat Shaped Weight

Marine recovered stone/coral boat shaped weight. 15½" x 4½" ...

Marine Recovered Chinese Exportware Jar

Marine recovered exportware jar, Jolo, Sulu Sea, ...

Marine Recovered Chinese Exportware Jar

Marine recovered exportware jar, Jolo, Sulu Sea, ...

Marine Recovered Chinese Exportware Jar

Marine recovered exportware jar, Jolo, Sulu Sea, ...

Marine Recovered Chinese Exportware Jar

Marine recovered exportware jar, Jolo, Sulu Sea, ...

Marine Recovered Chinese Exportware Jar

Marine recovered exportware jar, Jolo, Sulu Sea, ...

Marine Recovered Chinese Exportware Jar

Marine recovered exportware jar, Jolo, Sulu Sea, ...

Marine Recovered Chinese Exportware Jar

Marine recovered exportware jar, Jolo, Sulu Sea, ...

Marine Recovered Jarlet

Marine recovered jarlet, Sawankhalok, Thailand

Ming Dynasty Blue Powder Box

Marine recovered blue powder box, Ming dynasty. China, 17th ...

Ming Dynasty Bowl

Marine recovered Ming dynasty bowl, China, 14th - 16th ...

Ming Dynasty Bowl

Under-glaze cobalt blue painted ceramic bowl, China, Ming ...

Ming Dynasty Jar

Ochre glazed storage jar, China

Ming Dynasty Pouring Jar

Blue and white pouring jar with dragon motif, crackleware, ...

Ming Dynasty Tea Pot

Chinese Ming Dynasty Tea Pot

Ming Dynasty Wine Jar

Ming dynasty, blue underglaze wine jar, China

Orange Ginger Jar

Orange glazed medium ginger jar with gold floral design, ...

Orange Ginger Jar China

Orange glazed large ginger jar with top, China, c. 1870 - ...

Palayok Food Vessel

Excavated terra cotta "palayok", utility vessel, Iloilo. ...

Porcelain Baby Buddha Figure

Blue and white baby Buddha figure, Ming dynasty, marine ...

Porcelain Covered Box

Porcelain covered box, Vietnam, 16th century. Various sizes ...

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