The earliest ceramic production in Japan is a Neolithic pottery called "Jomon" ware after the characteristic "rope pattern" decoration. Jomon pottery was not burial ware, rather utilitarian. The pottery wheel was not yet in use, and these pots were hand built or coil built. Late Jomon pieces are characterized by a more restrained, incised geometric decoration rather than the heavy applied rope shapes of earlier pieces. This type of vessel is known as Horinouchi style because of its simple angular shape and repeated geometric pattern.
Artform: Decorative Arts: CERAMICS, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Unknown. Jomon Period
Artist Dates: c3000-200 BCE
Date: c2000 BCE
Medium: earthenware, terracotta, pressed and incised
Size: 39.4 x 33 cm
Museum: Cleveland Museum of Art
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