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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.

This stoneware cylindrical vessel rests on a narrow, tall footring with additional tripod legs applied to the sides. The body of the vessel is incised with a diamond and dot pattern contained between bands, and it is covered in an olive brown celadon glaze.  
Chinese
Incense Burner
stoneware with glaze
3 7/8 in x 5 3/8 in x 5 3/8 in (9.84 cm x 13.7 cm x 13.7 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 dark brown-black glaze with brown oil spot markings ( 油滴釉 <em>you di you)</em>, thinning to brown at the rim. There are three chips to the rim.
Chinese
Teabowl
stoneware with glaze
1 3/4 in x 3 9/16 in x 3 9/16 in (4.45 cm x 9.05 cm x 9.05 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Japanese
Tenmoku Tea Bowl
19th century
stoneware with tenmoku glaze
The James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1983/1.446
Japanese
Temmoku Bowl
Stoneware with "oil spot" tenmoku glaze
1 9/16 in. x 5 1/16 in. ( 3.9 cm x 12.8 cm )
Gift of Mrs. Caroline J. Plumer
A cover or lid in the form of a pointed cone, resembling a mountain with a pointed top on a circular base. The sides are carved and incised in striated triangular points, and there are eight triangular shaped peircings around the top.  It is covered in an olive green glaze, and there is loss to side. 
Chinese
Lid to Bo Shan Lu Censor
ash glaze on stoneware
3 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in x 4 3/4 in (8.25 cm x 12.07 cm x 12.07 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Japanese
Tea bowl
20th century
stoneware with tenmoku glaze
Gift of Mrs. Caroline J. Plumer
1983/1.118
A thickly potted stoneware jar with wide globular shoulders tapering to a base on a footring.  It has a wide, straight short neck with a direct rim, and four loop lugs around the junction of where the neck meets the shoulder.  The upper third and interior are covered in an amber-green glaze. 
Chinese
Jar
glaze on stoneware
4 15/16 in x 4 5/8 in x 4 5/8 in (12.54 cm x 11.75 cm x 11.75 cm);6 5/16 in (16.03 cm);6 5/16 in (16.03 cm);6 5/16 in (16.03 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Japanese
Tea Bowl
20th century
Stoneware with brown glaze
Gift of Mrs. Caroline J. Plumer
1983/1.114
Japanese
Tea Bowl with Tenmoku-style Glaze
20th century
Stoneware with tenmoku glaze
The James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1983/1.451
A shallow bowl on a tall straight foot ring, covered in a thick brown-ochre glaze. The too-thick misfired glaze crawling and blistering away from the underlying clay body.
Chinese
Teabowl
1127 – 1279
stoneware, misfired glaze
Gift of Mrs. Caroline J. Plumer
1983/1.123
This deep, conical bowl on a straight foot ring with a subtle rim articulation is covered in a thickly applied, dark iron-rich black glaze with subtle hare's fur (兔毫盏 <em>tuhao zhan</em>) markings. There are chips to the rim. 
Chinese
Teabowl
stoneware with glaze
1 5/8 in x 3 9/16 in (4.2 cm x 9 cm);1 5/8 in (4.2 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline J. Plumer
A conical bowl on a tall straight foot ring, covered in a dark brown-black glaze with intense and copious russet and ochre hare's fur markings (兔毫盏 <em>tuhao zhan</em>).
Chinese
Teabowl
stoneware with glaze
1 1/2 in x 3 3/8 in x 3 3/8 in (3.81 cm x 8.57 cm x 8.57 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>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 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>

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<p>African Miniature Masks</p>

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<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

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

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<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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20 Collection Object Sources

Incense Burner (1964/2.4)
Teabowl (1964/2.14)
Tenmoku Tea Bowl (1983/1.446)
Temmoku Bowl (1983/1.113)
Tea bowl (1983/1.118)
Jar (1973/2.29)
Tea Bowl (1983/1.114)
Teabowl (1983/1.123)
Teabowl (1983/1.122)
Teabowl (1964/2.13)
Bowl (1973/2.23)
Teabowl (1964/2.10)
Bowl (1973/2.22)
Jar (1973/2.27)
Bowl (1973/2.25)
Teabowl (1983/1.440)

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