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Deep Pot

A work made of earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware.


c. 2000–1000 B.C.



About this artwork

Roughly two-thirds of this pot’s surface is covered by intersecting ribbons made up of incised lines and additional decoration created by impressing a cord into the clay. On the rim, the decoration continues on four spool-shaped protrusions. The tall, conical form is a rare shape in ceramics of the Jōmon period. Only one other pot of this exact shape is known (Tokyo National Museum); it was excavated at the Horinouchi site near Funabashi, Chiba (east of Tokyo), and it is likely that this jar was unearthed in the same region. Several jars were recovered from this location, making it one of the most prominent sites of early Japanese pottery.


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Arts of Asia


Deep Pot


Japan (Object made in)

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2500 BCE–500 BCE




42.5 × 32.2 × 32 cm (16 3/4 × 12 5/8 × 12 5/8 in.)

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Purchased with Funds Provided by the Weston Foundation; Alyce and Edwin DeCosta and the Walter E. Heller Foundation Fund

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