Japanese Beads from the Kofun Period

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 10 January 2018

These beads come from Japan and date from the Kofun period (250-538 CE) in Japanese history. In the Kofun Period beads of various shapes and materials were worn as fashion accessories, used in rituals, and buried in tombs. They include, for example, both small and large beads, cylindrical beads, comma-and jujube-shaped beads, and angular cut beads. Different kinds of beads were created at different times, and they were combined in various ways depending on the individual who wore them and on the ritual in which they were used. (Tokyo National Museum)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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