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Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collection

ames Marshall Plumer (1899-1960) was a source of knowledge and inspiration at the University of Michigan. A researcher and archeologist, Plumer was known for passing his enthusiasm for East Asian art on to his students; through a gift fund established by his colleagues and family upon his death, his influence continues to be felt. Plumer also produced an impressive body of research on Chinese ceramics, making significant contributions to the knowledge of Tenmoku ware.

Tenmoku ware, originally produced during the Song dynasty (960–1279) in kilns of the Tianmu mountains in China’s Fujian province, is characterized by what appear to be oil spots in the surface of black and brown glazes. The use of iron oxide is responsible for these dark colors, and the faster a piece was cooled, the darker the color would become. In China the ware was named Jian after the kiln that produced it. Jian ware was used at the nearby monasteries in the Tianmu mountains, where many Japanese priests made pilgrimages to study Zen Buddhism during the thirteenth century. The monks returned to Japan with Jian ware teabowls, which became prized by the Ashikaga shoguns and used in the tea ceremony. Due to the widespread popularity of Jian ware in Japan, the pieces came to be known by the Japanese name for the Tian Mu mountains, Tenmoku. As demand for tenmoku bowls increased, they were not only imported into but produced in Japan as well.

A wide, shallow, bowl on a straight foot ring, covered in a thickly applied, dark, iron-rich black glaze with lighter russet-brown patridge feather markings (鷓鴣斑 <em>zhegu ban</em>) .  The thick glaze thins at the rim to a russet-brown color.
Chinese
Teabowl
1200 – 1279
Stoneware, glaze
The James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1983/1.442
This thin porcelain bowl with flared sided and a direct, flared rim on a footring has an interior with incised floral meander decoration to its interior base. It is covered in a white glaze with russet tinge.
Chinese
Bowl
porcelain with glaze
1 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in x 5 1/4 in (3.8 cm x 13.3 cm x 13.3 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Japanese
Shallow Temmoku Tea Bowl
Stoneware with black glaze
1 15/16 in. x 5 7/8 in. ( 4.9 cm x 15 cm )
Gift of Mrs. Caroline J. Plumer
A thickly potted, cylindrical stoneware jar on a narrow footring.  The body is incised with a floral meander and topped with a flat cap lid with a loop finial.  The lid and half the body are covered in an amber-green glaze. 
Chinese
Covered Jar
glaze on porcelain
3 15/16 in x 3 7/16 in x 3 7/16 in (10 cm x 8.73 cm x 8.73 cm);4 5/8 in x 5 5/16 in x 5 5/16 in (11.75 cm x 13.49 cm x 13.49 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
A deep, conical bowl on a straight foot ring with subtle rim articulation, covered in a thickly applied, dark, iron-rich black glaze with silvery-blue hare's fur markings (兔毫盏 <em>tuhao zhan</em>). The thick glaze thins at the rim to a lighter caramel-brown color.
Chinese
Teabowl
stoneware with glaze
2 1/16 in x 4 5/16 in x 4 5/16 in (5.24 cm x 10.95 cm x 10.95 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
This shallow conical bowl on a straight footring is covered in a pale blue opaque glaze, the interior is moon-white and the exterior, sky blue. There is a copper reddish-purple splash to the interior and two gold repairs along the rim and side.
Chinese
Bowl
stoneware with glaze, and gold lacquer
3 5/8 in x 8 1/8 in x 8 1/8 in (9.2 cm x 20.6 cm x 20.6 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
Chinese
Fragment of base of a seated Buddha, with incense burner, lion, and attendant
marble
5 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in (13.3 cm x 19.05 cm x 10.8 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Chinese
Teabowl
13th century
stoneware with thick black glaze
The James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1983/1.445
Japanese
Seto ware plate with painted bamboo design (Ishizara)
stoneware with underglaze painting and crackle glaze
2 1/2 in. x 10 3/4 in. x 10 3/4 in. ( 6.4 cm x 27.3 cm x 27.3 cm )
Gift of Mr. Harry Packard for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
A shallow, wide bowl with a wide bottom on a tall straight footring. It is covered in a dark black-brown glaze, with four russet overglaze iron oxide splashes to the interior. There are chips to the rim.
Chinese
Teabowl
stoneware with glaze and overglaze iron oxide
2 1/2 in x 7 9/16 in x 7 1/2 in (6.35 cm x 19.21 cm x 19.05 cm);2 1/2 in (6.35 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline J. Plumer
A bowl on a straight foot ring and subtle rim eversion, covered in a thickly applied, iron-rich black glaze with lighter russet-brown partridge feather markings (鷓鴣斑), <em>zhegu ban</em>. The thick glaze thins at the rim to a russet-brown color.
Chinese
Teabowl
1200 – 1279
stoneware, glaze
The James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1983/1.444

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

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<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

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<p>Apostle Spoons and American Silver</p>

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<p>Modernist Glass and American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

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<p>American Silver</p>

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<p>Tiffany Glass</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 3
<p>American Silver</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>Native American Art</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

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<p>Native American Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 1
<p>The Human Figure in African Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 2
<p>African Miniature Masks</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 3
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 1
<p>The Head in African Art</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 4
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection</p>

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<p>Contemporary Art</p>

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