Haniwa were used to mark off the sacred ground of burial mounds during the Kofun period (250-552). Made of coils of clay that were low-fired in kilns that were partially underground, they represent a variety of every day people as well as animals, buildings and even boats. Holes in the sides of the Haniwa may have held rope to string the pieces together, forming a sacred fence.
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- Titles Tomb Guardian (Haniwa) (Descriptive)
- Artist Japan
- Medium earthenware
- Dimensions 20 x 9 in. (50.8 x 22.9 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. L. Paul Kassouf, 1991.812
- Work Type sculpture
- Classification Sculpture
- On View