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Asian Art

Granary with Thatched Roof

6th–7th century

Earthenware

17 1/2 × 13 1/2 × 10 1/2 in. (44.5 × 34.3 × 26.7 cm)
Gift of Rosemarie and Leighton R. Longhi, B.A. 1967
2009.206.1
While the majority of haniwa statues depict figures and animals, at times they also take the form of houses and other architectural structures. This example has a thatched roof and a single door but lacks air vents, which points to its representation as a granary or some other storage facility.
Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Kofun period (ca. 300–ca. 600 C.E.)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Leighton R. Longhi, New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Karoku Miwa and Nagajiro Miyamoto, “Iegata haniwa /,” Nihon no Bijutsu 348 (1995): 1–96.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.