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Storage jar

middle Yayoi period (ca. 100 B.C.–A.D. 100)
Earthenware with applique
H. 16 in. (40.6 cm); Diam. of rim 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm); Diam. of base 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 1992
Accession Number:
Not on view
Contributions from Chinese and Korean immigrants enhanced the cultural complex—including wet-rice agriculture, bronze technology, spinning and weaving techniques, and a new ceramic aesthetic—that defines the Yayoi period in Japan. The elegant form of this jar was built of clay coils and then smoothed to an even base. Used for grains or liquid, this capacious jar is enhanced by bands of clay. The small tapered bottom indicates that this jar was supported either with a separate base or by inserting it into a depression in the ground.
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