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