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Dogu: Objects of Prayer in the Jomon Period

"Dogu: Objects of Prayer in the Jomon Period"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  September 8, 2020 (Tue) - February 28, 2021 (Sun)

  
Clay Figurine (Dogū) with Mountain-Shaped Head, Found at Tatsugi Shell Mound, Tone Town, Ibarak, Jōmon period, 2000-1000 BC (Gift of Mr. Ebihara Shintaro)

The most prominent objects of prayer from the Jomon period (ca. 11,000 BC–ca. 5th century BC) are dogu clay figurines. Even the earliest examples of these figurines have breasts, which suggests that they represent women, and their protruding bellies probably symbolize pregnancy. Therefore, it is believed that dogu figurines were created to pray for easy delivery of children, the birth of many children, and fertility.  

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 4 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Clay Figurine ("Dogū") with a Heart-Shaped Face Found in Higashi Agatsuma Town, Gunma Jōmon period, 2,000–1,000 BC Private collection
_MD_RECOMMEND Clay Figurine ("Dogū") with Mountain-Shaped Head Found at Tatsugi Shell Mound, Ibaraki Jōmon period, 2000-1000 BC Gift of Mr. Ebihara Shintaro J-1577
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Clay Figurine ("Dogū") with Goggle-Like Eyes Found in Tsugaru City, Aomori Jōmon period, 1000–400 BC J-38392
_MD_RECOMMEND Stone Figurine ("Gangū") Found in Nanbu Town, Aomori Jōmon period, 1,000–400 BC J-37266