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.