Unearthed: A Comparative Study of Jomon Dogu and Neolithic Figurines

Douglass Bailey, Andrew Cochrane, Jean Zambelli
Published by: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

This book accompanies the exhibition Unearthed at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia (22 June – 29 August 2010). The volume is intended not just as an exhibition catalogue but as a meditation on excavation and archaeological endeavour. The authors invite the reader, spectator, and exhibition viewer to take up the job of archaeologist, wrestling with unexpected evidence, opinion and comparanda.

The book explores previous interpretations of figurines and dogū, along with modern work by artists, photographers, and philosophers who have struggled with the paradoxes inherent in making miniature worlds and of expressing the human body in art, as well as figurines and dogū-like objects from the modern world. Once you have sifted these evidences and worked through the array of comparisons, you will be in a position whereby you can make your own decision about what dogū and figurines do, about how they worked, and indeed, about how todays archaeologists should study them.

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