Untitled Covered Jar

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

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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
Artist
Date
1980
Location
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
Mediums Description
thrown, slab-built and glazed porcelain, raku and stoneware
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – antelope
Object Number
1980.106A-C
Palette
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