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Red-painted Clay Jar


Period Late Yayoi period
Materials and techniques
Size H.38.7 MD.22.5 D.34.7 BD.10.3


As iron metallurgy and rice cultivation introduced from the Asian mainland became prevalent in Japan, Jomon pottery was gradually replaced by Yayoi pottery. This jar is a representative example of the latter Yayoi earthenware produced in the Kantō area. Well-balanced in shape, it has a bulbous body with beautiful curving sides rising from a very small base, and a narrowly constricted neck flaring out into a wide mouth. The jar is decorated with incised lines in original geometic patterns and painted in red, which is very unusual.

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