This jar, characterized by its graceful lines and uncluttered form, is a fine example of the pottery of the Yayoi period, which marks the first settled population in Japan. The combed incisions and flat braided cord are typical Yayoi decorations. The black flame mark is a natural occurrence in the firing process.


  • Title: Ovoid Jar
  • Date Created: c. A.D. 100
  • Location: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 18 7/16 in. (46.8 cm); Diam. 12 5/16 in. (31.3 cm)
  • Provenance: (Michael Goedhuis, Ltd., Colnaghi Oriental, London); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1984.
  • Rights: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
  • External Link: www.kimbellart.org
  • Medium: Low-fired clay
  • Kamakura period (1185-1333): Yayoi period (300 B.C.–A.D. 300)


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