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The Dawn of Japanese Art: Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun periods

"The Dawn of Japanese Art: Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun periods"

Honkan Room 1  January 2, 2012 (Mon) - May 6, 2012 (Sun)

Jomon Vessel, with Flame-like Ornamentation, Attributed provenance: Umataka, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, Jomon period, 3000 - 2000 BC

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:
Jar, From site at Juodai, Ishi Hongo, Juo-cho, Hitachi-shi, Ibaraki, Yayoi period, 1st-3rd century (Private collection)
Design of Mythical Beasts Mirror, From Chausuyama Tumulus, Yanai, Yanai-shi, Yamaguchi, Kofun period, 4th century
Ridge-End Tile, From Fuchidaka-cho, Aisai-shi, Aichi, Nara period, 8th century