Artist: Jomon culture (ca. 10,500–ca. 300 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Jomon period, ca. 3000-2500 BCE
Unglazed earthenware
H x W x D: 50.2 x 31.7 x 31.7 cm (19 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in)
Japan, Nagano prefecture, Togariishi site
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


earthenware, Japan, Jomon Period (ca. 10,500 - 400 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

Projecting sculptural forms on the rim and ornate combinations of incised and relief designs on the body characterize jars made during the Middle Jomon period, one of the five periods of development of the Japanese Neolithic culture known as Jomon. Jomon ("cord-marked") pottery gives its name to the culture.

While similarities according to site, region and period can be observed, no two Jomon pots are absolutely identical. This jar is said to have come from the Togariishi site in mountainous Nagano prefecture, an area that was heavily settled during the Middle Jomon period.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 42.
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 62, pp. 84-85.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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