Posted on June 30, 2010

The 101 ceramics of the University of Pretoria exhibition presents a selection of ceramics originating from Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, South America, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Siam, Thailand, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Denmark, South America and South Africa and have never before been exhibited together, nor on such large scale. This exciting exhibition showcases the diversity and uniqueness of the University of Pretoria’s Ceramic Collections This exhibition provides a view of the wide range of ceramics from nearly each continent and explains how the ceramics were shaped, fired and sometimes glazed. A large range of utensils such as pots, jars, vases and other containers are shown, but also ceramic sculptures and commemorative ware including studio ceramics by famous South African potters are on display.

Some of the highlights of this exhibition include the following: An ancient Egyptian lachrymal or tear vial used as a cane head by one of Napoleon’s generals; two Neolithic Chinese clay vessels; Roman and Byzantine oil lamps from Israel, ; a Chinese Tang dynasty amphora influenced by amphorae from ancient Greece; magnificent earthenware pots from Mapungubwe; a Cape ‘Vetpot’ made in Cape Town in the 1660s; two Chinese vases which were the personal possessions of the Emperor Kangxi; Two magnificent vases created by the Great Chinese 18th century potter, Tang Ying (1682-1756); a Delft plate commemorating King Willem V of The Netherlands in 1788; a German plate commemorating President Paul Kruger; vases commemorating Queen Wilhelmina’s jubilee; various ceramics commemorating both World Wars and contemporary ceramics by well known South African ceramicists such as Henriette Ngako, Esias Bosch and Ardmore.

The 101 Ceramics of the University of Pretoria exhibition showcases one of largest South African ceramic collections. The exhibition also highlights the importance of ceramics, steeped within our own heritage but also brings to the public attention the ceramics from France, Germany, The Netherlands, China, Japan, Korea and South America and the efforts the University of Pretoria Is taking to conserve and showcase its ceramic collections.

Entrance: Free of charge
Enquiries: Tel 012 420 2968
Viewing times: 14 July to 30 November 2010, Weekdays 10h00 to 16h00
Venue: UP Hatfield Campus, Old Arts Building, Mapungubwe Museum Room 2-1.
For more information visit: www.up.ac.za/uparts

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