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Title

Jar


Artist

Jômon ware

Japan

10500 BCE - 0300 BCE


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

363.1977


Artist information

Jômon ware

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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