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Asian Art

Deep Bowl

3rd–2nd millennium b.c.e.

Earthenware with impressed cord marks

23 1/8 × 19 in. (58.74 × 48.26 cm)
Gift of Rosemarie and Leighton R. Longhi, B.A. 1967
2012.71.1
Earthenware vessels from the Jomon, or cord-impressed, period are known for their surface decoration, which was created by pressing a rope onto a clay body before firing. By the middle of this period, the technique yielded elaborate three-dimensional designs such as those seen on this spectacular bowl, including appliqués on the body and four crests protruding from the rim. Although initially believed to serve a ceremonial purpose, jars of this type have been found in archaeological contexts that suggest they may also have had an everyday function.
Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Middle Jomon period (ca. 2500–1500 B.C.E.)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Leighton R. Longhi, and Rosemarie Longhi, New York; gift in 2012 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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