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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Name-CRT: Japan
Title: Deep bowl with sculptural rim
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: -150
Creation End Date: -149
Creation Date: ca. 1500 B.C.
Creation Place: Japan
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware
Dimensions: H. 13 in. (33 cm)
The swirling, dynamic appearance of the rim of this deep bowl is one of the most recognizable characteristics of wares made during Japan's oldest known civilization, the Jomon. Forming a dramatic contrast to the flamboyant ornamentation along the top is the relatively simple cord-marked lower portion of the vessel. Although most of the pottery containers made during this period were cooking vessels, the eccentric, irregular shape of the rim on bowls of this kind does not appear to be suitable for practical use and may have served a ritual function.
This deep bowl was built up with coils of clay that were then smoothed by hand and with paddles. Clay coils and the movement of the potter's fingers formed the undulating "fire-flame" design that decorates the rim. The lower portion of the bowl was impressed while still soft with a length of rough cord wrapped around a stick to create the textured pattern. After the bowl was fully formed, it was fired in an open pit.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1992.252.1
Credit Line: Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 1992
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
Style or Period: late Middle Jomon period (ca. 2500?1500 B.C.)
AMICA ID: MMA_.1992.252.1
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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