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Ceramics from Thailand

Now on view
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Prehistoric clay vessels, many painted with dynamic red patterns, represent the flourishing of early ceramic production within the boundaries of the modern nation of Thailand. Many centuries later, potters in Thailand mastered the technology for making high-fired, glazed stoneware. Their jars and tablewares, used locally, were also shipped to distant international markets. This installation celebrates the variety of ceramic production within Thailand across four millennia.


Right: Jar for drinking water; ca. 1882; Thongrochana Boonpoog (Thai, 1832-1913); Bangkok period; Earthenware; Thailand; Gift of Pisarn Boonpoog, S1994.16a-c
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Jar for drinking water

As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.