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Dogu are from the earliest-dated tradition of pottery manufacture in the world, dating to the prehistoric Jomon period, which began 16,000 years ago.

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The power of dogu: ceramic figures from ancient Japan. Animal-faced dogū. Kamikurokoma, Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. 2500–1500 BC. On loan from Tokyo National Museum. Dogu are from the earliest-dated tradition of pottery manufacture in the world, dating to the prehistoric Jomon period, which began 16,000 years ago. Most of the figures in the exhibition are from about 2500 BC to 1000 BC (the Middle and Late Jomon periods) and show the development of the sculptural form over time.

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Carved Polished Stone Hand-axes -- Jomon (Neo) Period -- Circa 12,000-300 BCE -- Discovered in Iwami, Japan Findspot: Iwami, Japan -- Photo courtesy of The British Musuem

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Ancient Japanese: SAMA Event Detail :: Gallery Talk: Curator's Choice - Ancient Japanese Ceramics from the Jomon Period by Erin Keelin, Asian Art Curatorial Assistant

Tanabatake ‘Venus’, British Museum, 1500 to 1000 BC. Dogu are from the earliest-dated tradition of pottery manufacture in the world, dating to the prehistoric Jomon period, which began 16,000 years ago.

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Figurine (985) Figurine. Japan, eastern Honshu. Final Jomon period (1000-400 BC). Earthenware. h 13.3 x w 11.1 x d 3.2 cm. Acquired 1989. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 985

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Women Shaman's "DOGU" which were discovered in remains of Aomori. Jomon-era. BC.3,500 - BC.2,500. Aomori Japan. Talisman.

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Jomon (Japan) c. 2500 BC - a type of ancient pottery which was made during the Jōmon period in Japan. The term "Jōmon" means "rope-patterned" in Japanese, describing the patterns that are pressed into the clay.

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