Tumulus Period (AD 250-552) Clay Haniwa (Haniwa means “circle of clay”) forms were installed in the tumuli (burial mounds) that were
built throughout Japan from the Third to the Sixth centuries. The Haniwa
formed part of the rites used in sending off the dead. Today, these Haniwa,
made in the shape of buildings and possessions which do not exist now, and
also in the form of animals and even people, show us what things were like in
those times. This Japanese Haniwa of a
Woman’s Head is an important find that has the qualities museums and collectors of fine art look for. Head: 9 inches (23cm) high, Head with base: 13.5 inches (34.5cm) high. Unglazed clay.