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Wide-Mouthed Jar

In comparison to the exuberance of the preceding Jomon period pottery, Yayoi wares exhibit simplified silhouettes with spare decoration, reflecting a more settled society. The incised patterns that decorate this graceful storage jar are divided into three registers, accentuating the vessel’s shape. The design of wavy parallel lines at the neck and shoulder and the diagonal lines around the body were influenced by the earlier Jomon tradition.


(London Gallery, Ltd., Tokyo);

purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1985.