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有角石斧
Stone Axe with Hornlike Protrusions (Yūkaku sekifu)

Period:
Final Jōmon period (ca. 1000–300 B.C.)
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Stone
Dimensions:
H. 10 in. (25.4 cm); W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); D. 1 in. (2.6 cm)
Classification:
Stone
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
Accession Number:
1975.268.264
Not on view
This exceedingly rare archaeological artifact—coincidentally resembling the Egyptian hieroglyph anhk, symbolizing “life”—appears to have had a ritual rather than practical function. Only a handful of other similar examples have been published, dated mostly to the mid-Yayoi period based on proximity to datable material in excavation sites in Chiba, Kanagawa, and the Tōhoku region
[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art in Early Japan," 1999–2000.

New York. Japan Society Gallery. "Traditional Japanese Design: Five Tastes," September 26, 2001–January 13, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Five Thousand Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Packard Collection," December 17, 2009–June 10, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes in Japanese Art," June 24, 2010–November 7, 2010.

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