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Flame and Water Pots Exhibition @ British Museum

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Prehistoric Ceramic Art of Japan
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Earthenware flame pot, c. 3000 BCE, Japan

The Nagaoka Municipal Science Museum in Japan has temporarily loaned the British Museum some very rare items: two Japanese prehistoric pots from 3500-2500 BCE.

The Flame and Water pots will be on display until the 20th January as part of the British Museum's 'Prehistoric Art From Japan' exhibit, and is free to access by the public.

The pots were crafted by hand by the Jōmon people, who represent the oldest recorded culture in Japanese history. The pots were an important part of Jōmon life, with the flame pot being the centrepiece of their hearth, and the crown pot being used for burial rituals. There is also another Japanese vessel at the museum in the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries, which dates back to 3000 BCE, and can be seen in comparison.

The display will reveal the continuing symbolic significance of these pots, and how they shape Japan's regional identities through music, art and poetry. As part of the exhibition, on the 7th of December the musician, Yamagami Susumu will play flute music at 6.30pm. Tickets are £5 and can be bought on the day.
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Why? Learn about Japanese Culture
When: Until 20th Jan
Phone: 44 (0)20 7323 8299
Where: British Museum
Cost: Free Exhibition, Flute music, £5
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