Hen

A work made of earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware.

Date:

6th century

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This hen was modeled somewhat simply, but very effectively. Comb marks along her body suggest feathers, and the features of her face and comb were made with simple tools or by hand. The hen’s body is actually one slab of clay that was folded to form the tail section. Many other haniwa in the shape of birds—such as waterfowl, swans, and hens—with similar simple execution but great sensitivity and expressiveness have been excavated, largely in the Kanto region (which includes the greater Tokyo area). This piece was unearthed in Tochigi prefecture and was once in the well-known private collection of Okura Hisashi (1892–1960).

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Asian Art, Gallery 102

Title

Hen

Origin

Japan

Date

300 AD–552 AD

Medium

Earthenware

Dimensions

35 × 35.8 × 15 cm (13 3/4 × 14 1/8 × 5 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2010.296

Extended information about this artwork

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