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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Name-CRT: Japan
Title: Storage Jar
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 100
Creation End Date: 200
Creation Date: ca. 100?200
Creation Place: Japan
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware with incised decoration
Dimensions: H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm)
Description: A reference to an historical period and an early culture, the name Yayoi derives from the site near Tokyo University where pottery of this type was first discovered in 1884. Storage jars, cooking vessels, and footed dishes, unearthed in many sites throughout the archipelago, are the most common forms in Yayoi pottery. The storage jar shown here is from the area that encompasses present-day Kyoto , Osaka, and Nara. It was made by the coil method and the surface was smoothed and strengthened by paddling and shaving. A tiny foot supports the bulbous body of the jar. It was potted in light buff earthenware that turned red and black in spots during firing. Outlines of crescent shapes, possibly reflecting an earlier tradition of using shells to impress decoration into a clay body, are incised into the center of one side, presumably the front.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1975.268.375
Credit Line: The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest , and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
Style or Period: late Yayoi period (ca. 4th century B.C.?3rd century A .D.)
AMICA ID: MMA_.1975.268.375
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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