Ancient Japanese Neolithic Jōmon Culture large ceramic vessel. The dramatically flared rim and other raised decorations indicate that this vessel was likely created for ritual use rather than as a food or cooking container. Clay was mixed with materials such as fibers, micha and crushed shells to give it an adhering quality. The walls of vessels were built up using a coil technique. The wet surface of the clay was smoothed before rough cords were impressed into it creating a distinct pattern. The Jōmon name is derived from “cord making” which is evident in the impression patterns on the bottom portion of this vessel. TLT test confirms age 3500 years old +- 700 years.
Age: Jōmon Culture 10,500 – ca.300B.C.
Dimensions: 19 1/4″ high x 14″ wide