Japanese art: Early Works
The earliest art of Japan, probably dating from the 3d and 2d millennia BC, consisted of monochrome pottery with cord-impressed designs (Jomon), also the name for the early period of Japanese art. Later Jomon (1000–300 BC) finds include bone earrings, blades of ivory and horn, lacquer objects, and small clay figurines. The subsequent period of the Yayoi (300 BC–AD 300) produced wheel-thrown pots and large ritual bronze bells known as dotaku. The Kofun period produced simply modeled clay figures of animals, people, houses, and boats known as haniwa, which were placed around tomb mounds.
- Early Works
- Buddhist and Chinese Influences
- The Nara Period
- The Fujiwara Period
- The Kamakura Period
- The Muromachi Period
- The Momoyama Period
- The Edo Period to the Twentieth Century
- Recent Japanese Art
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