Born from the earliest dated tradition of pottery manufacture in
the world, dogu abstract clay figurines with recognisably human
features are a link back to the lost worlds of the remarkable Jomon
period (c. 10,000500 BC). They have been excavated in large
quantities from sites throughout the country. Many were
deliberately broken before burial which has raised intriguing
questions about their possible uses. This catalogue will illustrate
70 dogu, the most important of which have been designated as either
National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. In addition to
the descriptions of the pieces themselves, the book will include
chapters written by experts in the field exploring the wider East
Asian setting and the significance of this context in understanding
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