Press Release

Pan-Asian Ceramics: Export, Import, and Influence from the Collection of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco


December 19, 2012


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Pan-Asian Ceramics: Export, Import, and Influence from the Collection of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
New exhibition presents ninth- to eighteenth century ceramics from China, Korea, Japan, Persia, Vietnam, and Thailand


SAN FRANCISCO -- International trade has occurred since Ancient times. The exchange of ceramics, an important trade good, informed design styles and production techniques across a vast geographical region. China, which exerted the largest influence on the worldwide ceramics industry, began exporting wares in large numbers during the Tang dynasty (618–907). By the eleventh and twelfth centuries, beautifully crafted, high-fired Chinese ceramics provided examples and inspiration to Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and Persia. This exhibition features a fine selection of ninth- to eighteenth-century ceramics from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Among the many objects on exhibit are Persian fritware, blue-and-white export porcelain, Korean and Thai celadon, and Vietnamese stoneware excavated from a shipwreck off the country’s central coast.


Selected images from the exhibition are available for download at:


Pan-Asian Ceramics: Export, Import, and Influence is located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby, San Francisco International Airport. The exhibition is on view to all Airport visitors from December 22, 2012 to June 23, 2013.  There is no charge to view the exhibition.


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