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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.


c. 1000–300 B.C.



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.


On View, Gallery 102


Arts of Asia


Female Figurine with Topknot


Japan (Object made in)


1000 BCE–300 BCE




14 × 8.9 × 7 cm (5 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 2 3/4 in.)

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

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