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.
- Female Figurine with Topknot
- 1000 BCE–300 BCE
- 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.
- Purchased with Funds Provided by the Weston Foundation; President's Exhibition and Acquisition Fund