Terracotta storage jar
Japan, Kofun period, 4th century
H. 9 ¼ in (23.5cm) – Ø. 9 ½ in (24cm)
The production of bisque-fired reddish brown earthenware, belonging to the Yayoi line stylistically, continued in the Kofun (Tumulus) (250-538) and Asuka (538-710) periods. This kind of earthenware produced in the Tumulus period through the Ancient period, is known as hajiki. They typically display round bottoms and a paucity of ornamentation, but old hajiki may feature small flat bottoms, often decorated with comb tooth patterns on the surface. These features of construction and ornamentation make it difficult to discern old hajiki from Yayoi earthenware. The shape and size of hajiki is truly diverse, reflecting the variety of the ways in which it was used, including for storing water and grains, cooking, and ritual and ceremonial purposes.