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Untitled Covered Jar

1980 Adrian Saxe Born: Glendale, California 1943 thrown, slab-built and glazed porcelain, raku and stoneware overall: 18 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (47.0 x 27.3 x 24.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Paul and Elmerina Parkman © 1980, Adrian Saxe 1980.106A-C Not currently on view


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Untitled Covered Jar illustrates Adrian Saxe's interest in the ceramic work of various cultures. The body of the jar is decorated with a geometric pattern similar to those used by classical potters, and is coated in a celadon glaze. A small antelope, symbolizing nature's "wild energy," tops the jar. Saxe began to make these "antelope jars" in the 1970s, using the delicate animals as handles for the lid to challenge the utilitarian aspect of the jar.

Keywords

Animal - antelope

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain

About Adrian Saxe

Born: Glendale, California 1943

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