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Jars

Opens March 15, 2014
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The utilitarian storage jar is one of the most useful ceramics to have emerged from ancient Chinese kilns. Its basic structure—a compact container with four lugs on the shoulder, suitable for packing, shipping, and storage—was imitated throughout East and Southeast Asia. A complement to the exhibition Chigusa and the Art of Tea (on view February 22–July 27, 2014), this display of ten jars will include the prototypical Chinese version, as well as variations from Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Burma.



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.