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100 Highlights
of the MFAH
Take a tour through some of the most significant objects in the MFAH collections. On these pages, you can browse 100 highlights from collections throughout the institution. Then visit the Museum in person to discover your own favorites.
 
 
 
GEORGE JEANCLOS
French, 1933 - 1997
Kamakura
1995
Earthenware

12 x 20 x 14 ½ inches

 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Gift of Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio

Arts of Europe
 
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French sculptor Georges Jeanclos created serene yet powerful ceramic figures that are filled with emotion and narrative associations. He is best known for his Kamakura figures, which were inspired by a shrine to stillborn children that he saw in Kamakura, Japan.

Jeanclos cast the heads of the Kamakura figures from dolls. He wrapped their bodies in protective layers of fabric, and the flowing sheets of clay that comprise their dress refer to the landscapes of Zen gardens.