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A Beautiful Dichotomy

April 12, 2022–March 12, 2023 | Contrasting Pre-Columbian Peruvian Ceramics

“I have practically no Peruvian ceramics, an expression of the work of pre-Columbian artists which I have avoided for fear I should have to build a separate house should I begin to amass examples of that particular expression of art.”

—Robert Woods Bliss, February 10, 1959.

On view in the Special Exhibition Gallery beginning April 12, The Museum celebrates cultural philanthropy with the installation of A Beautiful Dichotomy, a selection of Peruvian Pre-Columbian ceramics from a Washington DC private collection. This collection is a promised gift to Dumbarton Oaks that will not only enhance the museum holdings but will belatedly fulfill Robert Bliss’ desire to acquire the finest examples of ceramics from Peru.