About this artwork
This figurine (dogû) is clearly a female form, and judging from the swollen belly, it may be a representation of a pregnant woman. It is possible, therefore, that it was used in rituals to secure safe childbirth or as a prayer for rebirth. The piece is missing the head, one arm, and one leg, but this is not unusual for figurines of this period that were likely broken ritually. Many Jômon figurines contain significant linear or geometric surface patterning, though a small number, including this work, are more sculptural. Figurines of this kind tend to concentrate on the carefully modeled volume of the figure rather than on the lines on its surface.
- Partial Figure of a Pregnant Women
- 1000 BCE–300 BCE
- 14.7 × 6.9 × 3.8 cm (5 3/4 × 2 3/4 × 1 1/2 in.)
- Purchased with Funds Provided by the Weston Foundation; Robert Allerton Trust