Jomon Pottery - Japanese Pottery Exhibition British Museum London
Maya and I enjoyed our trip to the British Museum in London and stumbled upon a Japanese Pottery Exhibition held about a particular type called Jomon Pottery.
Fascinated with the process plaques …each demonstrating how the patterning on the clay post would have been achieved… using different types of twisted rope and different ways of stringing it together a variety of clay impressions could be achieved … so simple yet so effective . Each japanese family in this region would have made their own ceramics developing family patterns
acc to the British Museum website .
" … Japan: Jōmon period (about 10,000 BC - 300 BC)
Jōmon means 'cord pattern'. The Jōmon period was named after the characteristic surface patterns made with twisted cords on the pottery of the period. The development of production techniques and decoration of this low-fired, unglazed pottery over this long period suggests that the country was stable and enjoyed a continuity of social organization. The people lived by hunting, fishing and gathering with possibly some crop cultivation. Stone arrowheads and other tools for preparing food also showed increasing skill. .. "
with thanks to the British Museum London
examples of the different cord styles that were used to decorate the clay vessels
clay cord vessels - slab reconstructions of what they might have looked like in the hands of the Jomon Potters
This is one of the final pots made with the techniques described above. These are called " Flame Pots" presumably a reference to the flame like extrusions on the top of the jomon pot. It is thought that these kinds of pots held special importance in a family and often were a focal point in their household environment
What is unique about these jomon pots is that they were made by a hunter/gatherer culture were as before the making of clay post was usually associated with those cultures that had transitioned to a farming culture. Bearing in mind that most hunter gatherer cultures were nomadic and would have needed to carry these big jomon clay pottery vessels on their journeys with them . Evidence suggests that the Jomon were unique in that they hunted and gathered , fished and foraged in a very rich food supply area and had some temporary settlements according the the seasons .
an interesting exhibitions , small but fascinating