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Seated Miko (“maiden in the service of gods”, a terra-cotta tomb figurine)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This haniwa has sashes across both her shoulders and a broad belt over her right-side-over-left garment. Her hair is tied and has ring-like ornaments. She is adorned with a beaded double necklace and ankle bracelets, bracelets, and earrings in addition to a mirror with bells and a pouch for fragrant materials at the left side of the belt. The stool on which she rests resembles stone funerary accessories or haniwa seats for burial mounds, suggesting that this haniwa represents a sacred maiden (miko) in the service of gods. It is important Cultural Property.

History of the Object
Haniwa are unglazed terracotta figures found spread on the burial mounds (kofun) of aristocrats and other persons of authority. They can be divided roughly according to shape: cylindrical, pot-like, humans, containers, and animals. This haniwa was discovered in Kokai, Oizumi-machi, Gunma.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
terracotta 
Measurements
Height 68.5cm  
Creator name
Unknown  
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 6th century ~ AD 6th century 
Creation date
6th Century; Kofun Period 
Function
tomb figurine 
Acquisition
It is the current policy of the Tokyo National Museum not to publish the acquisition history of its collection on the Internet. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Tokyo National Museum 
Museum
Tokyo National Museum 
Credit line
Tokyo National Museum 

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