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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.

Chinese Ming Dynasty Jar

Blue glazed ceramic jar, China, Ming dynasty, 12" tall x ...

Cizhou Wine Jar

Cizhou-ware wine storage jar, China, late Ming dynasty

Decorative Ceramic Storage Jar

Decorative ceramic storage jar with dragon motif design, ...

DENSU LEGBA AFRICA

Densu Legba, Fon, Anacho, Togo, Africa

DENSU LEGBA AFRICA

Densu Legba figure, Fon people, Anacho, Togo, Africa

DJENNE TRIBE STORAGE JAR

Earthenware storage jar, Djenne Tribe, Mali, Africa, c. ...

DJENNE' MALI, POURING VESSEL

DJENNE' MALI POURING VESSEL

DJENNE' POURING VESSEL

Djenne', Mali, earthenware bottle

DJENNE' POURING VESSEL

Djenne' culture pottery pouring vessel, Mali, W. Africa.

DONG SON PERIOD CERAMIC

From recent river excavations, late Dong Son period, N. ...

EARTHENWARE BULL VESSEL

Earthenware "soro" bull vessel. Peru, late 1800s, 4" high x ...

Earthenware Censure

Earthenware censure, Hanlong, Vietnam, 9th century

Excavated "Swatow" Bowl

Excavated "Swatow" bowl w/ blue underglaze, S. China, 14th ...

EXCAVATED CELADON CENSER

Marine excavated celadon censer, Sulu Sea (off coast of ...

Excavated Khmer Storage Jar

Excavated Khmer storage jar, restore, 17½" x 10". ...

Fish Figure

Excavated glazed fish figure with lotus. Kalong province. ...

Glazed Japanese Pitcher

Crackle glazed pitcher, Japan

GLAZED KHMER JARLET

Incised brown glazed Khmer Jarlet, Khmer, Cambodia, ...

Gorky Gonzalez Majolica

Majolica vase - Gorky Gonzalez

GREEN GLAZED POT

Green glazed pot, Mid-20th C., 6.5"H x 8"dia.

Han Dynasty Cocoon Jar

Han dynasty "Cocoon" jar, China, 206 BC

HAN DYNASTY JAR

Han Dynasty covered jar, 206 BC - 220 AD, China

Han Dynasty Tomb Figure

Tomb excavated, painted earthenware "stick man" figure, Han ...

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