Early Japanese

Artwork typical of the Jomon period included pots made by hand. Artwork was mostly used for functionality. Most of their food at this time came from the sea, so they would gather with these pots. Coils of clay were placed on the pots to make them more decorative as well. We see in this piece of art the incisions made above the coils which was also common. 
Yayoi features geometric decoration, as this artwork does. Yayoi period produced less sculptural pieces than Jomon, and moved onto bronze casting which is what this is. Dotaku bells were extremely known and fashioned, but they were not used for functionality. Bands across the bells were typical. 
During the Kofun period, Japanese set up cylindrical clay statues of things of burial sites. This one is a warrior to represent the realm of the deceased during their life. 
In the Asuka period, nearly all artwork was inspired by Buddhism. Here, we see a Buddha. He has symmetrical clothing, which was common for that period. The smile was usually shaped upward. 
Heian typically focused on the Japanese imperial court of an elite culture. Artwork from that time would usually depict royalty in a time of leisure and prosperity. Neutral colors were often used, as well as 3 dimensional space. 
The Kamakura period was known for hanging painted scrolls over a dying person. It's very peaceful and colorful, and it usually has a person in the center (Amida).
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