Haniwa Figure of a Chieftain

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 06 December 2018

This haniwa tomb figure is thought to represent a chieftain. He wears a tall wide-brimmed hat, his hair is plaited in a style called mizura, and there is a sword on his belt. It came from Ibaraki prefecture in eastern Japan; it was in this region that haniwa production became the most advanced. Terracotta, earthenware, handmade technique. Made in Japan, c. 500s CE. (The British Museum, London).



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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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