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Objects of Prayer and Accessories in the Jomon Period

"Objects of Prayer and Accessories in the Jomon Period"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  September 7, 2021 (Tue) - February 27, 2022 (Sun)

  
Stone Object in the Shape of a Japanese Character
Found in Niigata City, Niigata, Jōmon period, 4000–2000 BC

Accessories in the Jomon period (ca. 11,000 BC–ca. 5th century BC) included hair ornaments, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and waist ornaments. They had the additional function of indicating the age and sex of the wearer, as well as protecting him or her from evil spirits. Stone rods, which were male symbols, were made in prayer for fertility and the birth of many children.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 6 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Bone Hairpin From Tatsubi Shell-mound, Tone-machi, Ibaraki Jomon period, 2000-400 BC J-23261
Highlight Clay Earring Excavated at Nakatakase, Akiruno-shi, Tokyo Jomon period, 2000-400 BC Gift of Mr. Shiono Hanjuro, J-38013
Highlight Stone Object in the Shape of a Japanese Character Found in Niigata City, Niigata Jōmon period, 4,000–2,000 BC J-39542
Highlight Ritual Object ("Taishu") Found in Hida City, Gifu Jōmon period, 3,000–2,000 BC J-20243
Highlight Pendant From Usozawa Shell Mound, Rikuzen-takata-shi, Iwate Jomon period, 2000-400 BC Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, J-17339
Highlight Stone Rod Place of excavation unknown Jōmon period, 1000–400 BC J-19740