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Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collection

James 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.

Japanese
Covered Bowl, Satsuma ware
stoneware with iron glaze
5 3/4 in. x 7 3/16 in. x 6 5/16 in. ( 14.6 cm x 18.2 cm x 16 cm )
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
A conical bowl on a tall straight foot ring, covered in a thick dark brown-black glaze with gray mottling. The too-thick glaze is crawling away from the underlying clay body, with a fine crackle covering the glazed surfaces. <br /><br />
9/8/16, RCE: Minor changes to syntax
Chinese
Teabowl
1127 – 1279
stoneware, glaze
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
1964/2.16
A conical bowl on a straight foot ring, covered in a thickly applied dark, iron-rich brown-black glaze with subtle hare's fur markings (兔毫盏 <em>tuhao zhan</em>).  
Chinese
Teabowl
stoneware with glaze
2 in x 4 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in (5.08 cm x 10.8 cm x 10.8 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 lighter russet-brown hare's fur markings (兔毫盏 <em>tuhao zhan</em>).  The thick glaze thins at the rim to a russet-brown color.
Chinese
Teabowl
stoneware with glaze
2 3/8 in x 5 in x 5 in (6.03 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
This thin porcelain conical bowl with direct rim on a footring has an interior with incised floral meander decoration. It is covered in a white glaze with bluish tinge and has an unglazed rim.
Chinese
Bowl
porcelain with glaze
1 3/4 in x 7 1/8 in x 7 1/8 in (4.4 cm x 18.1 cm x 18.1 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. It is covered in a thickly applied dark iron-rich black glaze with silver-gray mottling. There is a stress crack from firing to rim and side. 
Chinese
Teabowl
stoneware with glaze
2 in x 4 1/8 in (5 cm x 10.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline J. Plumer
A conical bowl on a tall straight foot ring, covered in an underfired dark brown-black glaze which appears dark mottled gray, with a semi-matte surface instead of a glossy one. 
Chinese
Teabowl
stoneware with glaze
2 1/8 in x 4 7/8 in x 4 7/8 in (5.4 cm x 12.38 cm x 12.38 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
A small round bowl on a tall straight foot ring, made from brown stoneware covered in a thick brown glaze with gray mottling. The too-thick glaze is crawling away from the underlying clay body.
Chinese
Teabowl
13th century
stoneware, glaze
The James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1983/1.439
A conical bowl on a tall straight foot ring, covered in a thick olive-brown mottled glaze. The too-thick glaze is crawling away from the underlying clay body in a crackle pattern.
Chinese
Teabowl
1200 – 1279
Stoneware, glaze (underfired with crawling)
The James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1983/1.443
Chinese
Drapery (fragment of a figure, possibly from thigh area)
Stone
7 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 3 in. ( 19.05 cm x 13.34 cm x 7.62 cm )
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Chinese
Buddha, seated in the padmasana pose, in dhyana mudra, flanked by two donor figures and with a mandorla of the seven Buddhas of the past (fragment of a stele)
500 – 550
stone
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
1964/1.89
This round base bowl of light grey stoneware rests on a tall, straight foot ring. It is covered in a dark brown-black glaze with subtle hare's fur or <em>tuhao zhan (兔毫盏)</em> markings. 
Chinese
Teabowl
stoneware with glaze
1 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in (4.4 cm x 9.5 cm x 9.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection

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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>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>Apostle Spoons and American Silver</p>

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

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<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

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<p>American Silver</p>

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<p>Tiffany Glass</p>

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<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>

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<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>

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<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

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<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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