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5th Century Female Haniwa Head, Japanese Clay Sculpture

5th Century Female Haniwa Head, Japanese Clay Sculpture

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 946039

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Tumulus Period (AD 250-552) Clay Haniwa (Haniwa means “circle of clay”) forms were installed in the tumuli (burial mounds) that were built throughout Japan from the Third to the Sixth centuries. The Haniwa formed part of the rites used in sending off the dead. Today, these Haniwa, made in the shape of buildings and possessions which do not exist now, and also in the form of animals and even people, show us what things were like in those times. This Japanese Haniwa of a Woman’s Head is an important find that has the qualities museums and collectors of fine art look for. Head: 9 inches (23cm) high, Head with base: 13.5 inches (34.5cm) high. Unglazed clay.