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Middle Jomon period (2500-1500 BCE) Japan
Storage vessel [Jomon vessel] 2500-1500 BCE Place made: Japan
Materials & Technique: sculptures, earthenware, earthenware
Dimensions: 87.0 h x 54.0 w x 53.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.695
  • The supplied chain of ownership for this object is being reviewed and further research is underway. The provenance information listed has been substantiated by documentation. Details may be refined and updated as research progresses. (added 2016)
  • excavated at Kasori village, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan (details to be confirmed)
  • owned by ceramicist Koichi Takita, Japan (details to be confirmed)
  • with art dealer Klaus F Naumann, Tokyo, 1986 or before
  • who sold it to the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, February 1986

The Jomon period (10,000–300 BCE) is named after the cord-patterned (jomon) surface of the pottery, characteristic of the period. Hand-built and fired at low temperature, the pots are found in close association with habitation sites of the hunter-gatherer peoples who once lived throughout the Japanese islands. Certain characteristics of Jomon ceramics, such as asymmetrical form and decoration, attention to surface texture and the use of simple technology, persist today in Japanese ceramics. This vessel is believed to have been used for storage.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label