2013年06月12日

'Kaendoki', a Jomon period earthenware vessel with a flame-shaped rim, has a very unique shape.

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The first kaendoki was dug up at a Jomon period site in Niigata Prefecture in 1936. In ancient Japan in 4,000 B.C., long before rice cultivation method was introduced into the country, all the people were hunter-gatherers with stone implememts. Various kinds of earthenware and household utensils in those days are being excavated everywhere in Japan, however the earthenware vessel in the picture is very unique in shape, which is called flame-shaped vessel as it looks like flames. Most earthenware of this kind can be found in the Tohoku Region and Niigata Prefecture, and somehow it had been produced only for several hundreds years. This vessel is thought to have been used for a religious service as it is too decorative. Adherent carbide to the inside of the vessel suggests that this was used for cooking a meal for religious ceremony or something like that.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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