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Dogu: Objects of Prayer in the Jomon Period

"Dogu: Objects of Prayer in the Jomon Period"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  March 2, 2021 (Tue) - September 5, 2021 (Sun)

Clay Figurine (Dogū)
Found in Kawane-Honchō Town, Shizuoka,Jōmon period, 1000–400 BC

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 6 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_EXPLANATION Important Cultural Property Clay Figurine ("Dogū") with Goggle-Like Eyes Found in Tsugaru City, Aomori Jomon period, 1000-400 BC J-38392 On exhibit from July 27, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND TClay Figurine ("Dogū") with a Mountain-Shaped Head Found at Tatsugi Shell Mound, Ibaraki Jōmon period, 2000–1000 BC Gift of Mr. Ebihara Shintaro, J-1577
_MD_EXPLANATION Important Cultural Property "Dogu" (Clay figurine), With goggle-shaped eyes Found in Ōsaki City, Miyagi Jomon period, 1,000-400 BC J-38304
_MD_EXPLANATION Important Cultural Property Clay Mask Found in Tsugaru City, Aomori Jomon period, 1000-400 BC J-36874 On exhibit from June 1, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND Clay Mask Found in Hanyū City, Saitama Jōmon period, 1000–400 BC J-38330
_MD_RECOMMEND Stone Figurine ("Gangū") Found in Nanbu Town, Aomori Jōmon period, 1000–400 BC J-37266
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