The oldest human-shaped "Haniwa" found in Japan

The oldest human-shaped

Fragments of terracotta figures with human form from the 5th century have been found in a burial mound in Shimane Matuse prefecture, in Japan, according to the report of local authorities.

Terracotta Haniwa with human form they are supposed to have been created for ritual and funerary use, as they were often buried with the dead in ancient Japan. Total they have unearthed six figures in the Ishiya mound, in the mentioned region.

The "Haniwa" found in Japan

Two of the six figures represent sumo wrestlers, two warriors and another shows a portion of a chair with a seated man, assuming the archaeologists that it could be a aristocrat.

One of the sumo figures shows at the bottom a loincloth with spiny weapons attached to the ankles. The height of the complete figure is estimated to have been approximately 110 or 120 centimeters.

According to the authorities, although several other Haniwa They have been found, including the head of a maiden, this is the first time they have been found in the form of fighters, warriors and a seated person.

This is an important discovery because it shows that the rulers of the Yamato era had close ties to the powerful clans of the Izumo region (present-day Shimane).”Said Katsuhisa Takahashi, professor of archeology at the Hanazono University in Tokyo.

Along with the six Haniwa in human formArchaeologists also discovered two horse figures and they are also supposed to be among the oldest of their kind in the country.

Source: mainichi

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