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Jars, cooking vessels, and footed dishes, unearthed throughout the Japanese archipelago since 1884, are the most common forms of Yayoi pottery. This piece was coil-built and paddled; firing turned the buff-colored earthenware red and black in places. Incised crescent shapes reflect an earlier tradition of pressing patterns into clay with shells.

Jar, Earthenware with incised decoration (Kinki region), Japan

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