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Asian Art

Jar

1st–3rd century CE

Earthenware with raised decoration

15 in. (38.1 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
1999.104.1
Unlike the inhabitants of Japan during the preceding Jomon period, those of the Yayoi lived a more settled existence, due to the introduction of irrigated rice cultivation and metallurgy from the East Asian mainland. Pottery made during this period—which is defined by smooth surfaces, clean lines, and little or no decoration—differs noticeably from earlier examples, suggesting that Yayoi ceramic objects played more of a functional than ceremonial role.
Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
On view*
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Yayoi period (ca. 300 B.C.E.–ca. 300 C.E.)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Yanagi Takashi, Kyoto; Kaikodo America, New York; purchased in 1999 by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Maria Shobo, “Tsuchimono Hyakkei,” Kobijutsu Rokusho no. 23 (1997): 15.

Howard Rogers et al., “In the Company of Spirits,” Kaikodo Journal 11 (Spring 1999): 160–61, 290–91, no. 46.

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.