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Japanese sculpture

Less ancient than those were made in China, Japanese sculptures nevertheless date back several millennia. In this little country of Asia, the materials most commonly employed were bone, stone, wood, horn and terra cotta.

The most ancient pieces, known as "dogû", are small ceramic sculptures with human effigies, and which present various characteristics as concerns faces and clothing. We also find "haniwas", funeral figurines intended to accompany the deceased to the beyond.

Japanese art was strongly influenced by China and religion, mainly during expansion of Buddhism under the administration of Prince Shokotu.

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