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Late Jōmon period (ca. 1500–1000 B.C.)
L. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); W. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); D. 1/4 in. (.6 cm)
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:
Not on view
Careful workmanship and attention to the natural beauty of the material are evident in many of the tools, weapons, and ornaments found in Jōmon sites. Stone tools, which were first roughly fashioned in Paleolithic times, were by the Jomon period meticulously chipped and smoothly polished, attesting to the ancient roots of Japan's renowned penchant for refined design and workmanship. This hunting implement, for example, is characterized by a carefully formed leaf shape and evenly beveled edges that required great skill and patience to create.
Inscription: Inscribed on paper inside of lid: "Excavated at Nagoshima Nakamura Hiraizumi-chõ, Iwate Prefecture"
Excavated at Nagoshima Nakamura

[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
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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