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An image of Jar by Jômon ware

Jômon ware

(Japan 10500 BCE – 0300 BCE)

Title
Jar
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Jômon period 10,500 - 300 BCE → Japan
Year
circa 6000 BCE-circa 3000 BCE
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
earthenware
Dimensions

22.0 x 19.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1977
Accession number
363.1977
Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

With its restrained decoration, this small jar is the earliest example of Japanese pottery in the collection. It's 'cord pattern', over-incised by wider lines, is typical of pottery made in the Kanto district (present-day Tokyo and environs) during the mid to late Jomon period. The patterns in Jomon pottery are thought to have meaning rather than being purely decorative, but their meanings are not known today. This type of jar was used to cook food, most likely half-buried in a fire, with the lugs functioning as handles.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.260.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 260 (colour illus.).