Ancient Terracotta Figures in Japan

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by James Blake Wiener
published on 14 March 2012
Japanese archaeologists have uncovered more than six terracotta figures dating from c. 400 CE in city of Matsue in Chogoku region of Japan. The figures include warriors, sumo wrestlers, and finely crafted horses. The clay figures or "haniwa," in Japanese, were used for burial rites and as funerary pieces. This particular discovery has caused quite a stir in Japan as the figures seem to reflect the influence of the nearby Izumo region (presently the Shimane Prefecture), which had close relations with the Korean peninsula in ancient times. Please click here to read more about this discovery from Press TV.
Posted by James Blake Wiener on March 14, 2012, 20:14.


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