Spearhead

Period: Late Jōmon period (ca. 1500–1000 B.C.)

Culture: Japan

Medium: Stone

Dimensions: L. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm); W. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); D. 1/4 in. (.6 cm)

Classification: Stone

Credit Line: The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975

Accession Number: 1975.268.200

Description

Careful workmanship and attention to the natural beauty of the material are evident in many of the tools, weapons, and ornaments found in Jōmon sites. Stone tools, which were first roughly fashioned in Paleolithic times, were by the Jomon period meticulously chipped and smoothly polished, attesting to the ancient roots of Japan's renowned penchant for refined design and workmanship. This hunting implement, for example, is characterized by a carefully formed leaf shape and evenly beveled edges that required great skill and patience to create.

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