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AN EARTHENWARE BUST OF A WOMAN (SHAKOKI DOGU)
AN EARTHENWARE BUST OF A WOMAN (SHAKOKI DOGU)
AN EARTHENWARE BUST OF A WOMAN (SHAKOKI DOGU)
AN EARTHENWARE BUST OF A WOMAN (SHAKOKI DOGU)
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AN EARTHENWARE BUST OF A WOMAN (SHAKOKI DOGU)

LATE JOMON PERIOD (5TH-3RD CENTURY BCE)

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AN EARTHENWARE BUST OF A WOMAN (SHAKOKI DOGU)
LATE JOMON PERIOD (5TH-3RD CENTURY BCE)
Of low-fired reddish clay with black fire marks, the body of a goggle-eyed figure, decorated with incised details and scrolling cord pattern, wearing head-ornament with inscised designs
3 ¾ x 2 ¾ in. (9.5 x 7 cm.)
The results of the report on Thermoluminescene Analysis no. N121b24 obtained by the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, Oxford University, are consistent with the dating of this lot
Provenance
Kimura Naosuke, Aomori Prefecture
Literature
Suntory Museum of Art, ed., Dogu to domen (Clay Figurines and Clay Masks) (Tokyo: Suntory Museum of Art, 1969), cat. no. 122.
Exhibited
Suntory Museum of Art, “Dogu to domen (Clay Figurines and Clay Masks),” 1969.3.18-5.4.

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Lot Essay

This figure displays the typical decoration of a shakoki dogu (goggle-eyed figure), one of the two mainstream types of clay figurine made at Kamegaoka in Aomori prefecture during the Final Jomon period. Modelled using incised cord marks and distinctive features of the small and narrow eyes suggest the date of this figure to be latter half of the ‘goggled-eye’ period. A similar shakoki dogu with small and narrow eyes is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (fig.1).

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