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Jōmon culture

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Jōmon culture | Japan | ‘Deep pot’ Middle Jōmon period, 3000-2000BCE | Earthenware | 53cm (h.) | Purchased 2008. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Jōmon culture ‘Deep pot’ Middle Jōmon period, 3000-2000BCE
Jōmon culture
Japan
‘Deep pot’ Middle Jōmon period, 3000-2000BCE
Earthenware
53cm (h.)
Purchased 2008. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Jōmon culture

‘Deep pot’ Middle Jōmon period, 3000-2000BCE

This pot, which was recovered in Ibaraki prefecture in the Kantō region of Honshū, dates from the Middle to early Late Jōmon periods (Middle Jōmon 3000–2000BCE, Late Jōmon 2000–1000BCE). Middle Jōmon wares are marked by an increase in the complexity and dynamism of the decorative embellishment with a strong emphasis on artistic expression, although function was still an important consideration in their manufacture. The body of this pot is chord-marked in a simple repeat motif, yet its most eye-catching feature is the elaborate mouth, which is freely formed, pierced and decorated with raised line work and creates a striking contrast with the simplicity of the body decoration. Jōmon wares typically fall into one of four types: deep pots, bowls, spouted vessels, and narrow-mouthed jars. The deep pot was the first vessel shape made by Jōmon potters. Primarily used for cooking, it played an important and very practical role in the development of Jōmon culture.