Young Woman Haniwa

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 26 November 2018

This is the head from what was originally a complete figure. The young woman's hair is tied in loops, her face is partly painted red, and she wears a bead necklace. This suggests that she may be a performer of a ritual dance or a shaman. The "haniwa" is said to come from Naka-cho, Higashi Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki prefecture, eastern Japan. Terracotta, earthenware, handmade technique. Made in Japan, c. 500s CE. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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