Ceramics from the Permanent Collection

Exhibition Date: 2010

This exhibition was an opportunity to view seldom-seen holdings from below decks, organized into five sections that reflected deeply-held heritage: pottery oil lamps from the Roman Empire and the ancient Middle East; 18th- and early 19th-century English "creamware" pitchers and bowls from early New Bedford collections; 19th- and early 20th-century crockery manufactured here and abroad as New Bedford souvenirs; modern Japanese toys and ceremonial objects from the Suwa Shrine, where the whale is the focus of a festival that goes back hundreds of years; and a couple of tile ensembles, from Holland and the Azores, that illustrated vastly different aspects of whaling.