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Rim Sherd

Object Number:13085
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Jomon
Japanese
Provenience: Japan
Honshu
Chiba Prefecture
Period: Late Jomon (uncertain)
Date Made: Jomon
Early Date: -10500
Late Date: -400
Section:Asian
Materials:Clay
Technique:Cord Marked
Incised
Fired
Pierced
Inscription Language:Japanese Language
Length: 14 cm
Width: 0.9 cm
Depth: 1 cm
Credit Line:Exchange with the Japanese Commissioner, World's Columbian Exposition, 1893
Other Number:68 - Other Number

Description

Rim sherd. Rim edge is smooth, rounded and straight with a ridge on the interior side. Cord marked surface has been smoothed over and deeply incised lines form a decorative pattern on the exterior. Two holes piercing sherd, one does not go completely through to the exterior. Late Jomon. Dark exterior and orange interior. This sherd bears great resemblance to an example of a Late Jomon type known as Horinouchi 2 which is illustrated in Douglas Moore Kendrik's book "Jomon of Japan". This type was named after the Horinouchi shell-mound near Chiba city east of Tokyo which is part of the Kanto region. Similar types are also found north through the Tohoku region and south-west to the Shikoku and West Honshu regions around the Inland Sea. This ware is from the first half of Late Jomon. A similar pattern of incised lines appears on the exterior of the vessels J75 and Rim sherd from a deep pot (深鉢). J76. In the University Museum's sherd the incised decoration begins at the rim as it does in J76. J75 has a plain band below the rim followed by a band of this type of incised decoration. J75 is said to have bands of decoration which "are filled with cord-marking or a reasonable facsimile." These appear to be true of J76 as well. The bands of decoration on 13085 are a smoothed over cord marking. Also similar is a groove on the inside of the rim which according to Kendrik is common in this type of ware.

Bibliography:

[Book] Kenrick, Douglas M. 1995. Jomon of Japan: The World's Oldest Pottery.. Kegan Paul International. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 45, 114; Fig. 75, Fig. 76View Objects related to this Type Citation

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