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9,000 years old and still fabulous

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If you work with clay, you know pots like Westerners know paintings. I could not believe that F took me to a small ceramics show that just happened to have about twenty of the most famous and beautiful clay pieces of prehistoric Japan. This is a pot I have known and loved, seen only in books.

Turns out taking photos was not allowed. Wish I could show you the Haniwa figures--if you play Animal Crossing or know your anime, they are there. They are fabulous things.

Dhamaka says:

this is absolutely gorgeous

sounds like heaven!

11th Oct 2006, 13:33

swamprose says:

absolutely. I saw this pot through a window, before I even got in the door. Grabbed the old camera after this shot, F. told me that I had missed the giant 'No Photos' sign..I can't believe that Japan has sent such major treasures to this small show that has no publicity.

11th Oct 2006, 13:40

Dhamaka says:

it must be much safer that way, and I'm sure that the locals who are interested would know about it anyway..

11th Oct 2006, 13:46

swamprose says:

It's in the Montreal Archeology and History Museum, stuck way up in their small gallery space. You would have to find it by mistake.

11th Oct 2006, 13:49

Dhamaka says:


11th Oct 2006, 13:49

Jigalong says:

Nice picture and pot. What do you think they used the pot for, 8,999 years ago.

11th Oct 2006, 14:22

OJ says:

Wow, sounds like a heart-stopping moment for you.

And yes, tell us more about the pot. What would it have been used for?

11th Oct 2006, 14:27

swamprose says:

Some woman made this 9,000 years ago to keep food in, or cook in. You can't see, but it is beautifully decorated with a rope pattern on the outside. She wasn't making 'An Important Cultural Property'--she was making something to use, everyday stuff, and it just happened to be one that survived. It also happens to be beautiful.

11th Oct 2006, 14:58

paintist says:

beautiful :-)

11th Oct 2006, 15:10

mtn_hermit says:

That really is neat and pretty.
I wonder why the didn't want to let folks take photos, though. If you didn't use flash it wouldn't hurt the color of anything on exhibit.

11th Oct 2006, 15:52

factotum says:

As SR says, one of the neatest thing about this exhibition was seeing things that one has only ever seen in books. If you're not familiar with Jomon pottery, try a google images search. These pieces are wonderful! Here's a sample site from my google image search

11th Oct 2006, 16:15

MaggieD says:

Happy happenstance! .... and thanks for all the info ..... it is always good to have the background ..... once again moblog has furthered my education ....

11th Oct 2006, 16:42

factotum says:

BTW, the website for the museum is
Pointe-a-Cailliere Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History

There is a link in the upper right corner for the English texts and a nice photograph of the haniwa figures; the next show will be about theSaint Lawrence Iroquoians, who disappeared between Jacques Cartier's trip to this area in 1535 and Samuel de Champlain's arrival 60 years later.

Pointe-a Calliere is a gem of a museum.

11th Oct 2006, 17:03

Simply WOW! Beautiful, useful and interesting :)

11th Oct 2006, 20:12

Euphro says:

Wonderful story! I've made your link live for you, Factotum :)

11th Oct 2006, 21:44

ookiine says:

Beautiful pot!

11th Oct 2006, 22:20

factotum says:

Euphro, thank you !

11th Oct 2006, 23:48

Viv says:

fabulous - google image searched haniwa and thanks for links

12th Oct 2006, 01:48

swamprose says:

glad you all thought she is gorgeous too. my cold is better and I no longer feel 9,000 years old myself.

12th Oct 2006, 12:45

jesson says:

Love beautiful pots like this. Its amazing to think we have a 9000 year old connection with a woman just doing her thing and getting through life...

14th Oct 2006, 04:17

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