Please tell me more about this!
I think you are the first visitor to ask us about this jug! Like many of the objects in this case, it illustrates the appetite that Europeans developed for blue and white ceramics from East Asia, and how makers in places like Japan fed those appetites by developing objects designed specifically for export to Western markets.
Are these replicas?
Just about everything you see in our museum is original pieces! Any replicas will be noted in the label. All of these ceramic pieces are centuries old, made in Europe and Asia.
I'm curious, what would make you think they are replicas?
Because they are in such good condition! I could not believe they are originals.
It's true that ceramics will break if they are dropped, for example, but other than that they are very durable! Because of the high temperatures of the firing process, glazes keep their color and the clay bodies keep their shape.
Our collection includes intact ceramics from as many as 5000 years ago!