Yayoi pottery was introduced from Korea. Its earliest manifestations in Japan occured in northern Kyushu and then spread to eastern Japan as far as Sendai. Compared to Jomon, Yayoi ceramics are more thinly formed and have refined rims. Surface designs are rare and when they occur they are simple and clean.
The above vase is of a type which is usually found in the northern area of Fukuoka. Beneath the wide rim there is a decoration of vertical lines which was produced by burnishing with a bamboo spatula before firing. Although originally a Korean technique, it was particularly developed by artisans in Japan for aesthetic effect. The vermillion colour was produced by the application of red earth.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. N113 is consistent with the dating of this lot.