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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

1.20.2012

Year of the Dragon

[Detail view, Jar, 15th–16th century Vietnam, Le dynasty (1428–1788) Glazed stoneware. Birmingham Museum of Art Collection. Purchased with funds provided by the Estate of Mr William M. Spencer III.]

Not much longer to wait: the oft-mentioned Dragons and Lotus Blossoms, the landmark Vietnamese ceramics show, opens Sunday, January 22 at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Shown above is one of the buzzed about pieces, the BMA's intricately decorated Le Dynasty glazed stoneware jar singled out by Apollo as the Ninth Most Important Acquisition Worldwide in 2011. (You can spy a few other objects from the show in past posts here and here.)

To celebrate the exhibition opening, there will be a free Sunday afternoon talk with Vietnamese ceramics authority, John Stevenson, followed by a reception. Details here.

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