Untitled Covered Jar

  • Adrian Saxe, Untitled Covered Jar, 1980, porcelain, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1980, Adrian Saxe, Gift of Paul and Elmerina Parkman, 1980.106A-C

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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.

Title
Untitled Covered Jar
Artists
Date
1980
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
overall: 18 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (47.0 x 27.3 x 24.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Paul and Elmerina Parkman

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – antelope
Object Number
1980.106A-C
Palette
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