Important Cultural PropertyClay figurine

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  • Excavated in Wanichi-town, Muroran-city, Hokkaidō
  • 1 piece
  • H19.2
  • Jyōmon period/1000-400 BC
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • J-36872

 This is one of the dogu (clay figures) that was modeled after shakokidogu (literally "light-blocking device" clay figures or snow-goggle clay figures) that were popular in the Tohoku region in the early phase of the Final Jomon period. The dogu that were modeled after the shakokidogu have spread from the southern part of Hokkaido to the Kanto and Chubu regions and even to the Kinki region.
The characteristics of this figure, that is, its hollow body, protruding shoulders and waist and short arms and legs, are common to those of shakokidogu. While the shokokidogu feature big, deformed eyes that look like snow goggles as the name suggests, the eyes of this clay figure are small and represented by a piercing pattern. Although the patterns on the head and body are very simple, they reflect the influence of shakokidogu.
This is a rare and valuable specimen not only because it displays a clay figure modeled after shakokidogu in its entirety, but also because it provides information on the extent of cultural exchange at that time.