Jômon 「縄 文 - 日本 に お け る 美 美 美 美 美 美 美

Jomon「縄 文 - 日本 に お け る 子 の 誕生」 展 - Birth of art in prehistoric Japan.

From October 17 to 8 December 2018 to House of Culture of Japan, 101 bis, Quai Branly. 75015. PARIS.

This fall, the Jômon period (11 BC - 000 BC) will return to Paris since the exhibition Jômon, the art of Japan origins organized in 1998 at the MCJP. The exhibition will bring together many archaeological objects, including several pieces classified as “National Treasure” and “Important Cultural Property”. Figurines Dogu, jars and utensils will help you (re) discover the amazing cultural and spiritual life that develops during the Jômon era.

The ice age having ended shortly after the start of the Jômon period, Japan then enjoys a mild climate where hunting, fishing and gathering activities flourish. The appearance of pottery marks the entry into this era which takes its name from the patterns obtained by printing cords. The first section of the exhibition presents 10000 years of evolution of plastic beauty through various types of motifs of Jômon pottery: marks of nails, fingers, strings or shells, application of clay, engraved designs… The jar flamboyant with voluminous rooster crest projections is one of the pieces illustrating the richness of the shapes of these ceramics.

The second section is devoted to objects evoking the beliefs and spirituality of the Jômon people. The Dogu - anthropomorphic statuettes in fired clay - are a remarkable example of aesthetics linked to the spiritual realm. The majority of these dôgu are female figurines, the oldest representing simple busts with generous breasts. Those with opulent forms would have had a role in propitiatory practices related to fertility or food resources. While infant mortality was high, the dogû of pregnant, nursing or childbirth women, as well as the handprints of children on clay slabs, seem to express the parents' intense desire to see their offspring grow healthy way. Other figurines used as funeral or ossuary offerings also provide information on the relations of Jômon's men with the afterlife.

Hunting scenes adorning jars and Dogu zoomorphes could also be related to certain beliefs. Game of choice, the wild boar occupies a large place in this prehistoric bestiary composed of shells, monkeys, etc. Even everyday objects such as pottery for cooking and food storage, axes, wicker baskets or hooks have a striking beauty beyond their functional aspect. Equally surprising are the lacquered vessels presented in this last section: it is hard to believe that the use of lacquer dates back to so remote a time. Created from various materials, the jewels indicated the social rank of those who wore them. They also testify to the admirable capacity of the people of Jômon to marry the beautiful and the useful.



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