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Female Figurine with Topknot

A work made of earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware.

Date:

c. 1000–300 B.C.

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

Jômon figurines vary greatly in size, manufacture, and refinement, but they are often found broken, having been used or thrown away as part of a ritual. Their clothing, accessories, and hair can be stunningly complex and may indicate the appearance of the people who made them to some degree. This figure has quite a bit of personal adornment. Most noticeable is the elaborate hairstyle; patterns on the shoulders may indicate a type of shawl, or perhaps tattoos or body painting. Red pigment covers the hair, forehead, and mouth. The lower part of the left leg is a recent restoration, modeled on the remaining leg. This figure was unearthed in Aomori prefecture, the center of the vigorous and artistically productive Jômon culture.

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Arts of Asia, Gallery 102

Title

Female Figurine with Topknot

Origin

Japan

Date

1000 BCE–300 BCE

Medium

Earthenware

Dimensions

5 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.

Credit Line

Purchased with Funds Provided by the Weston Foundation; President's Exhibition and Acquisition Fund

Reference Number

2010.293

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