- Museum number
Sarcophagus, made of reddish stoneware; plain rectangular form and roof-shaped cover with two circular holes at ends fitted with stoppers; standing on eighteen cylindrical feet with six small holes pierced on each side; tataki markings inside.
- Production date
Length: 145 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Reproduced in William Gowland, 'The Dolmens and Burial Mounds in Japan', Archaeologia [Journal of the Society of Antiquaries of London] 55:2 (1897), fig. 15.
Smith et al 1990
The coffin is supported on eighteen short cylindrical feet. There is a circular aperture at each end of the lid, once fitted with a stopper, and six small holes pierced on each side. This is an extraordinary example of the technical capabilities of Sue pottery. It was excavated from a stone chambered dolmen by William Gowland in 1884 at Sakuraidani, about ten kilometres south of Osaka.
- On display (G93/dc5/sF)
- Exhibition history
Displayed in the Asiatic Saloon from 1894, see 'A Guide to the Exhibition Galleries of the British Museum (Bloomsbury)', 1894, p. 202.
2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
- Acquisition date
- 15 April 1889
- Registration number