About this artwork
Only a handful of animals are represented in Jomon-period art. This piece is in the shape of the head of an animal; it looks like a horse from one side and a sheep from the other. The walls of the indentations are carefully modeled, not simply pressed into the clay with a stick. Judging by the curved back surface, it seems likely that this head came off of a vessel and was perhaps a handle that sat on the rim (with the curved surface at the back forming part of the interior wall of a jar).
- Handle in the Form of an Animal Head
- 1000 BC–300 BC
- H: 12 cm (5 in.)
- Purchased with Funds Provided by the Weston Foundation; President's Exhibition and Acquisition Fund