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Iranian (Iranian)
Star-shaped tile with phoenix among clouds
1267 – 1366
Museum purchase

Iranian (Iranian)
Shallow bowl with stylized floral medallion
1000 – 1199
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
The vibrant coloring of this deep bowl consists dark brown, muddy brown, yellow-green and ivory. The design is organized around an inscription which appears above the base far down on the side. Above the inscription running horizontally is a separate enclosed design which looks like arcaded doorways with a string with a ball on it cutting each arcade in half for a total of seven. Opposite this is a series of four and one-half arcades in a vertical direction. Between these two areas there is a design repeated on opposite sides of the bowl with floral circular motifs on each side of a large, abstracted pear-shape form. The circles are brown and yellow-green and the pear form is orange and brown. Beneath each circle is a 'base' narrowing towards the center and directing the eye to the base. The base is covered with a shield-like design of orange and brown. The ivory background is not filled in but certain lines have been incised to add greater interest.  <br />
Iranian (Iranian)
Deep bowl with vegetal and calligraphic designs
10th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Two-handled bowl
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
A porcelain bottle vase of double gourd form on a flared footring with tall narrow neck and the reverse side flat with a slot for hanging. The vase is outlined in underglaze blue and has a six-character Wanli mark in a plaque framed by a polychrome overglaze lotus leaf on the top, and a lotus flower on the bottom. The front is decorated with underglaze blue and polychrome overglaze enamels to depict a pair of phoenixes flying among clouds on the upper bulb, and two phoenixes facing each other among an earthly flower garden on the lower bulb. These are confined between<em> lingzhi</em>-shaped clouds and lotus meander borders, with banana leaf lappets around the rim, all covered in a clear glaze. 
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Double-Gourd Wall Vase
1573 – 1620
Gift of Marian Doering in memory of Paul M. Doering
Buff stoneware jar rising up from a tall foot ring in an elongated globular body with lobes tapering towards the mouth. The jar has incised decoration and five tubes evenly spaced and protruding upwards from the shoulder. The mouth is covered with a high domed lid incised, and topped with a lotus bud finial. The jar is covered in an olive green celadon glaze.
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Covered Five-tube Jar
10th century
Gift of Mrs. Henry Jewett Greene for The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jewett Greene Memorial Collection
This thin porcelain conical bowl has a direct slightly everted rim on a footring. Its interior has a lightly incised floral meander decoration,and it is covered in a white glaze with bluish tinge.
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
1000 – 1132
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
It is a long, rectangular unglazed ceramic piece, intended to be shown in horizontal position. Two thick slabs are connected with bridges inside. The front part has almost flat surface; there is a deep cut on the left side, in which mass of worm-like inner surface can be seen. The same surface is revealed in the middle, as well as on the right edge. The top of the slab has a several shallow holes and one deep cut, inside of which has worm-like surface, as explained above. There is also a dent on the top and on the right, from which worm-like mass seems to be coming out. Reddish shadows cast on left side, in the middle, and the right. There is a patch of clay on left side near the left cut. The bottom is flat.
Yagi Kazuo (Japanese (culture or style))
Ceramic Sculpture
1953 – 1963
Museum Purchase
It is in the shape of a sectioned melon. The body is vertically divided into ten sections and to create an embossed effect, the grooves between each two sections were pressed down slightly. The lid has a loop attached at the top. It is decorated on all sides with black and white inlaid design of butterfly, chrysanthemum and peony with stem and foliage. The spout and handle was broken and restored. The lid seems to be fake.
<p>This is a ribbed ewer in the shape of a melon. It is decorated with black-and-white inlaid designs of peonies, chrysanthemums, and butterflies on the body, and yeoui-head designs around the mouth. Also on the lower part of the body are inlaid scrolls with white slip. Its outer base is glazed thoroughly, and it was supported with quartzite spurs in six places. The handle in the shape of a bamboo stem is currently broken off, while the spout and stopper have been repaired in places. The overall state of the vessel&rsquo;s glaze and decorative designs, however, allow it to be categorized a
Korean (Korean (culture or style))
Ewer in the shape of a melon with inlaid floral and butterfly designs
1100 – 1150
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
A globular stoneware ewer with a narrow foot and narrow trumpeted neck with direct rim, short straight spout placed high upon the shoulder. The ewer has a coiled handle with articulation extending from the mouth to the shoulder, and is covered in a dark brown glaze stopping high above the foot, with white glaze applied on top of the dark brown on the shoulder, creating a mottled effect with bluish suffusions. 
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
700 – 906
Gift of Mrs. Henry Jewett Greene for The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jewett Greene Memorial Collection
<p>This bowl is typical of early-Goryeo celadon in terms of shape and pattern. Similar examples have been excavated from sedimentary layers from the Kiln no. 10 at Yongun-ri, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do. The entire inner wall is decorated with chrysanthemum sprays incised in fine lines. Chrysanthemum spray design is commonly found in Goryeo celadon produced between the 10th and the 11th centuries along with the motifs of chrysanthemum, scroll, cloud, parrot, and wave. The design is resemblent to those found in Yue ware, but the clay and glaze were sintered better and the glaze was exquisitely fused to turn into the beautiful color without crackles. Six refractory spurs were used to support the bowl during firing. The bowl was restored after a breakage into two halves.<br />
[<em>Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art </em>(2014) p.92]</p>
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Stoneware bowl with celadon glaze. The bowl is decorated by an incised line stretching parallel to the rim, bounding a chrysanthemum design below.
Korean (Korean (culture or style))
Bowl with Chrysanthemum Design
900 – 1099
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam
A red, circular-shaped earthenware pigpen, containing one pig, below a cylindrical tower shed with a window and a peaked roof displaying ridges.  Stairs connect the shed to the pen.  It is covered in a green lead glaze with iridescence and calcification. 
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Model of a pigpen
25 – 220
Museum purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art