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Wide-Mouthed Jar, c. A.D. 100


The Yayoi culture of central Japan was marked by the introduction of wet-rice cultivation and bronze and iron metallurgy from Korea; it also saw the beginnings of a settled, hierarchical society and a wealthy elite. Yayoi vessels reflect this society’s dependence on the cultivation of rice and the widespread use of storage jars for stockpiling reserves. Sturdier, more functional vessels with symmetrical, taut pro les and restrained embellishment replace the irregular shapes and exuberant decoration of the preceding Jomon-period wares. This graceful buff-colored jar is decorated with a variety of incised patterns in three registers that accentuate the vessel’s gently swelling shape.


(London Gallery, Ltd., Tokyo);

purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1985.

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