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Miniature Stone Models Unearthed from Burial Mounds

"Miniature Stone Models Unearthed from Burial Mounds"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 7, 2021 (Tue) - June 12, 2022 (Sun)

  
Ritual Stone Tub
Found at Noge Ōtsuka Tumulus, Tokyo, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)

From around the 4th century, miniature stone models were interred with the dead in burial mounds. Not intended for practical use, they were made of relatively soft stone such as steatite and imitated a wide range of items. This exhibit attempts to unveil details about people’s lives and the tools they used in the Kofun period (ca. 3rd–7th century) through these miniature stone models.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 3 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Important Cultural Property Ritual Stone Tub Found at Noge Ōtsuka Tumulus, Tokyo Kofun period, 5th century J-523
Highlight Ritual Stone Shuttle Found at Kamihosoi Inariyama Tumulus, Gunma Kofun period, 5th century J-6964
Highlight Ritual Stone Loom Rod Found at Kamihosoi Inariyama Tumulus, Gunma Kofun period, 5th century J-6962