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Dogu (Clay figurine) with Goggle-shaped Eyes


Title Dogu (Clay figurine) with Goggle-shaped Eyes
Quantity 1 piece
Medium resin
Date 2022
Size H36.1 shoulder W21.0

Original Work

Designation Important Cultural Property
Artist/Excavation Site Excavated in Tajirikabukuri Ebisuda, Ōsaki-city, Miyagi Prefecture
Collection Tokyo National Museum
Medium Clay
Date Jyōmon period/1000-400 BC
Collection Ref. No. J-38304


This specimen is one type of dogu (clay figures) called "shakokidogu (snow goggle clay figures)" that were produced actively in the early phase of the Final Jomon period in the Tohoku region. It is a large-sized hollow clay figure and well known for its high quality comparable to the snow goggle clay figure excavated from the Kamegaoka Ruins in Aomori, which is widely known through textbooks. Large crown-shaped projections like clouds of spray are placed on the large head. The extraordinarily big eyes and protruding shoulders and hips with short arms and legs look humorous. The entire body is decorated by making full use of the surikeshijomon technique, which enhances the effect of decoration by separating the area with a jomon pattern from the area without a pattern and by arranging cloud-like complicated patterns in a point/line-symmetric manner. Moreover, the decoration is further highlighted by painting the entire body, centering on the head, red.
Shakokidogu, which demonstrate the Jomon people's distinctive design sense and molding capability, continue to attract people even now.