Japanese Art

Ancient Japanese Art

Jomon era. Appears handmade, designs made from coils of clay, unglazed, highly decorated and functional, shows advanced society using clay technologies and decorations.
Yayoi era. Dotaku bell, very common in yayoi era. Made of bronze. Decorated not for function so much as a symbol of prestige.
Kofun era. Simplified geometric form, made of clay, little decoration. Used in burials, this art shows us the importance of the afterlife to the society, and an admiration for elegant forms.
Nara era. Statue of Buddha, made with dry lacquer process, elegant style. Shows us the incorporation of buddhism into Japanese culture and art.
Heian era. Bronze mirror, imitates chinese mirrors, simple flower design with eight petals. The fact that it's a mirror shows the importance of appearance and cosmetics in the culture. They were advanced enough to take time to make sure they were looking good.
Kamakura era. Carved from single block of wood, coated with laquer, one of four guards in front of buddhist temples at time, more emphasis shown on realism. Shows a culture deeply rooted in the buddhist religion that was controlled by those with the most strength, at this time the military had a lot and they were also warriors and fierce.
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