Handle in the Form of an Animal Head

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

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).

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 102

Title

Handle in the Form of an Animal Head

Origin

Japan

Date

1000 BC–300 BC

Medium

Earthenware

Dimensions

H: 12 cm (5 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2010.294

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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