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Treasure of Okinoshima

  • Covered
Name Covered Jars
Classification Small tricolored Nara-style jar
Excavated Point Excavated from Site No. 1
Designated Category National Treasure
Era (real era) 8th Century
volume Widest Body D. 6.1-7.0cm
Description Nara Sansai (Ch. Sancai) is a colorful style of glazed pottery with three hues of lead glaze (white or transparent, green, and yellow-brown). Fragments of Sancai pottery from Tang China were excavated at Site 5. The technology with which this piece was created indicates that it was produced in Japan. It was used only for special occasions, such as state rituals. It represents a new stage in which unique objects were created in Japan as a result of overseas cultural exchanges.