This pottery vessel, with its wide mouth and carefully balanced foot, was probably used as a storage jar for grain. It is made of rolls of clay, and you can see where the potter has smoothed the surface into shape by cutting away.

Pots of the Yayoi period (about 300 BC - AD 300) were generally less decorated than the earlier Jōmon cord-decorated wares, though wave patterns were sometimes applied using a comb.

The pot was excavated by William Gowland near the Unebi kofun (burial mound) in Nara.

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  • Title: Pottery vessel
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 19.00cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: Franks.2200
  • Production place: Made in Japan
  • Place: Found/Acquired Unebi-yama
  • Period/culture: Yayoi Period
  • Material: pottery
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Franks, Augustus Wollaston. Collected by Gowland, William