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'Lapita' pottery (replica)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Chosen and explained by Michiko INTOH "Pottery Gone from History". A very beautiful type of clay pottery was made in the southwest Oceanian islands more than 3,000 years ago. The surface of the pottery, called Lapita, is covered by geometric patterns consisting of a series of elaborated dots. In some cases, a human face motif was expressed through elaborate combinations of straight and curved lines. This kind of pottery, found in the area stretching from eastern Papua New Guinea to Samoa, disappeared during a period between several hundred to one thousand years ago.

History of the Object
This object at Minpaku is a replica, precisely reproduced from several pieces of the potsherds excavated from an archeological site in New Caledonia.

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Type
Other 
Materials
earthenware 
Measurements
Width 46 cm. Height 25 cm. Length 45 cm.  
Creator name
Mr. Jean-Pierre Siorat 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Originally, in French Polynesia, New Caledonia 
Geography
New Caledonia 
Time period
AD 21th century ~ AD 21th century 
Creation date
21st Century; originally made in around B.C.1000, reproduced in 2003. 
Function
vessel 
Acquisition
Collected in 2003 
Copyright
 
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Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
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