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Sunday, August 20, 2017


Exhibition Public - USA & Canada

The Glazed Elephant: Ceramic Traditions in Cambodia

Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
1050 Independence Ave SW,
Washington, D.C., USA
Apr 15, 2017 To Jul 09, 2017


Detail: 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.

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Pouring vessel in the form of a caparisoned elephant, with a spout on the shoulder (detail)
Pouring vessel in the form of a caparisoned elephant, with a spout on the shoulder (detail)
Angkor period, 12th-13th century
Stoneware with iron glaze

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