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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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Flame-style deep bowl.Middle Jomon period (c. 2500-1500 BC) .Japan .

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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Urn (kame), c. 2000 BC; Japan, Middle Jomon Period (c.10,500-c.300 BC); Terracotta | Cleveland Museum of Art

Shell shaped clay object; From Uenoyama site, Murakami-shi, Niigata; L. 16.6.; Jomon Period, 2000-1000 B.C. | TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM

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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