Antique Japanese Pottery – Collecting the Pre-Ceramic Ancient Past

 Antique Japanese Pottery – Collecting the Pre-Ceramic Ancient Past


Age, naturally, plays a factor in the value of any Japanese antiques to collectors. More than that however, there are multiple questions regarding the quality, past owners, aesthetic beauty, and so on that can also influence the ‘prestige’ in which buy Japanese porcelain ware a given item of antique Japanese pottery is held. Surprising as it might be, just because some antique Japanese vases or other earthenware hail from a period that pre-dates ceramic, it does not mean that they lack in beauty. Admittedly, the oldest pieces that go all the way back to the Neolithic times may have been crude, but as time passed, the art of potters in Japan grew by leaps and bounds.

Periods of Antique Japanese Pottery Before Ceramics

Right after the Neolithic, in the Mesolithic, it was the time of the Jomon pottery period. Named after its very recognizable coil-made clay structure, the Jomon antique pottery items gradually incorporated more artistic elements into their designs.

For about 10,000 years, the Jomon period continued to make steady progress in terms of the antique Japanese vases and other Japanese antiques that were produced.

Eventually, the Jomon culture itself was displaced by the Yayoi, which brought with it entirely new advances in style, patterning, design, and even manufacture. Notably, they used the potters wheel instead of just making each piece by hand.

Most of the antique Japanese pottery from this period is very simple in decorative motifs. Antique Japanese vases that have patterns involving geometric designs were particularly popular, as were other Japanese antiques that had practical applications.



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