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The Big Picture

All That Glitters:

Japanese Ceramics In The Golden Age

by Jeffrey Hantover

SAKIYAMA TAKAYUKI, Chôtô: The Echo of the Waves, 2005, stoneware, 8 1/2" x 18" x 17 7/8". Photo by Richard P. Goodbody. Courtesy Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd.

Cultural curmudgeons may decry the decline of civilization, but walk into Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) exhibition, "Contemporary Clay: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century" and even the most dyspeptic critic is bound to be humbled before this pinnacle of Japanese ceramic artistry.

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