Early Japanese Art

Artworks by: Jomon (c.10,500-300 BCE)Yayoi (c. 4th century BCE-3rd century CE)Kofun (c. 3rd century -538CE)  Asuka and Nara (538-794)  Heian (794-1185)Kamakura (1185-1333)

The Jomon pots were ornate and detailed, which was a typical characteristic for their time. the term "Jomon" specifically means "rope patterned," therefore they are commonly recognizable by their decorative rope-like lines around the vases.
Yayoi pottery was easily recognizable for its simplicity and uniquely shaped pieces. Unlike Jomon pottery that was created by hand, the Yayoi used a pottery wheel to create smooth and delicate curves.
Many Haniwa warriors were funerary grave offerings, commonly characterized by having weapons or armor with them. They look tribal and almost african, due to the mask-like appearance of their faces. 
The Asuka and Nara periods were an era of change. The introduction of Buddhism into Japan created a transition into new technology and art forms, including advanced techniques of casting in bronze, just like this Bodhisattva. It is ornately sculpted and highly detailed, characteristic of the Asuka and Nara period. 
The Heian period was relatively peaceful and most of its paintings were masterfully done, like this Fugen Bosatsu. Their paintings were typically very colorful and detailed.  
The Kamakura art was characteristically known for creating realistic sculptures and commonly depicted warriors like this standing Junishinsho. 
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