The Dawn of Japanese Art
Prehistory and Protohistory: the Jomon, Yayoi, and Kofun Periods (10000B.C. - A.D. 600)
2nd floor "Highlights of Japanese Art"
May 11, 2010 (Tue) - November 14, 2010 (Sun)
The Jomon culture began around 12,000 years ago. Earthenware vessels of this age with various motifs and styles are the starting point of "Highlights of Japanese Art." In the Yayoi period (450 B.C.- A.D. 250), pottery with a simplistic yet refined beauty and dotaku bell-shaped bronzes were prominent. Typical objects from the Kofun period (A.D. 250-600), such as haji, sue wares and haniwa figurines, as well as mirrors, arms and armor, saddlery, and accessory, which expresses the essence of metal and glass craftsmanship, are also featured.
Current exhibit includes:
Dotaku (Bell-shaped bronze), Stream design, From Kehi, Toyo'oka-shi, Hyogo, Yayoi period, 2nd - 1st BC (Important Cultural Property)
Jar with Spout at Base and Human-Figure Ornament, From Tokoshinai, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 2000-1000BC (Important Cultural Property)
House with Hipped and Gabled Roof , Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Ornament), From Tobi, Sakurai-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Footed Jar with Narrow Neck, Sue Stoneware, From Kaniana Tomb, Toshi-cho, Toba-shi, Mie, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Kawahara Matsuzo)