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Dogū: Objects of Prayer in the Jomon Period

"Dogū: Objects of Prayer in the Jomon Period"

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

  
Clay Figurine (Dogū) with an Owl-Like Face
Found at Shinpukuji Shell Mound, Saitama, Jōmon period, 2000–1000 BC (Important Cultural Property)

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 5 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Important Cultural Property Clay Figurine ("Dogū") with an Owl-Like Face Found at Shinpukuji Shell Mound, Saitama Jōmon period, 2000–1000 BC J-39223
Important Cultural Property Clay Figurine ("Dogū") with Goggle-Like Eyes Found in Tsugaru City, Aomori Jomon period, 1000-400 BC J-38392
Highlight Important Art Object Clay Figurine: Boar Found in Tsugaru City, Aomori Jōmon period, 2000–400 BC J-36876
Important Cultural Property Clay Mask Found in Tsugaru City, Aomori Jomon period, 1000-400 BC J-36874
Highlight Clay Mask Found in Hanyū City, Saitama Jōmon period, 1,000–400 BC J-38330