University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:2308
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Jomon (uncertain)
Yayoi (uncertain)
Provenience: South Japan
Period: Jomon (uncertain)
Yayoi (uncertain)
Date Made: Jomon - Yayoi
Early Date: -10500
Late Date: 250
Credit Line:Gift of Francis C. Macauley, 1890
Other Number:None - Field No SF
None - Other Number


Finely polished adze. Wider at cutting edge. Very thin with rounded cutting end. Hole in handle end. Impression on one side of tool. Dark greenish stone with layered striations. Polished adzes have been found throughout Japan from Jomon Period onwards. However, 2308 has two distinctive characteristics. First of all the polished adze is flat in shape and its cutting edge is quite rounded. It is unlikely to have been very effective in this form. Second it has a hole pierced through one end. Third it has a shallow carved impression in one side. Perhaps this adze was created for uses other than utilitarian ones.


[Book] Higuchi, Takayasu, and Aikens, C. Melvin. 1982. Prehistory of Japan.. San Diego. Academic Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 141View Objects related to this Type Citation

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