Kenrick, Douglas Moore JOMON OF JAPAN: THE WORLD'S OLDEST POTTERY
Routledge/Kegan Paul Interna 1995 0710304757 / 9780710304759 Hardcover Very Good
No dustjacket,some wear to boards, pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The prehistoric hunter-gatherer culture known as the Jomon was already well researched in Japan when, during the 1960s, scientific tests indicated tha t the very earliest of the Jomon pottery had been made more than 12,000 yea rs ago. Japanese reaction was twofold: according to the archaeological establishmen t the tests were wrong, while some of the new wave of archaeologists believ ed that the tests were reliable and that it was only a matter of time befor e similar tests indicated even earlier dates for pottery from China and els ewhere. Since the 1960s, supporting evidence and many more tests have subst antiated the 12,000 year result, and nowhere else in the world has provided such early evidence. By the 1970s the primacy of the Jomon potters was accepted by most archaeol ogists in Japan, and was beginning to be recognized in the West. However, r ecognition is far from complete, largely due to a lack of any comprehensive account of Jomon pottery in the English language. In Jomon of Japan Dougla s Kenrick provides just such an account, and compares Jomon dates with thos e of other early pottery cultures. Douglas Kenrick describes how, in the isolation of the Japanese islands, Jomon pottery was made for no less than 10,000 years. During those ten millennia, Jomon technology did not change and the pottery remained hand-made. Jomon potters developed exceptional levels of skill, and employed an unparalleled variety of decorative techniques ranging from incision and applique, through cord-marking and relief modelling, to extravagant sculptural.