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Partial Figure of a Pregnant Women

A work made of earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware.

Date:

c. 1000–300 B.C.

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This figurine (dogû) is clearly a female form, and judging from the swollen belly, it may be a representation of a pregnant woman. It is possible, therefore, that it was used in rituals to secure safe childbirth or as a prayer for rebirth. The piece is missing the head, one arm, and one leg, but this is not unusual for figurines of this period that were likely broken ritually. Many Jômon figurines contain significant linear or geometric surface patterning, though a small number, including this work, are more sculptural. Figurines of this kind tend to concentrate on the carefully modeled volume of the figure rather than on the lines on its surface.

On View

Arts of Asia, Gallery 102

Title

Partial Figure of a Pregnant Women

Origin

Japan

Date

1000 BCE–300 BCE

Medium

Earthenware

Dimensions

14.7 × 6.9 × 3.8 cm (5 3/4 × 2 3/4 × 1 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with Funds Provided by the Weston Foundation; Robert Allerton Trust

Reference Number

2009.628

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