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date: 20 November 2019

Yayoi periodlocked

  • Bonnie Abiko


Period in Japanese archaeological and cultural chronology, c. 300 bcc. ad 300. The Japanese have traditionally traced the origins of their social structure, native religion and aesthetics to this period ( see Japan §I 2. ). The term Yayoi also denotes a type of unglazed pottery, typically long-necked jars and pedestalled bowls, first unearthed in the late 19th century at a site of that name near Tokyo. Yayoi pottery, with its distinctively clean lines and proportional harmony ( see Japan §IX 2., (i), (b) ), differs markedly from the hand-wrought, flamboyantly contoured and imaginatively conceived shapes of vessels from the preceding Jōmon period (c. 10,000–c. 300 bc), and is evidence of new and superior technology. The Yayoi period is sometimes divided into Early (c. 300–c. 100 bc), Middle (c. 100 bcc. ad 100) and Late (c. ad 100–c...

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