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PROTOHISTORIC BRONZE MIRRORS The bronze mirrors from the Japanese sepulchers give the clearest evidence that the protohistoric Japanese were indebted to the Chinese for models of advanced art. They are all circular mirrors, many of them ornamented with elaborate designs in relief. Their designs, though so peculiar as sometimes to be fantastic to the highest degree, reveal to us, each on its own part, some phase of ancient ways of Fig. 11. Bit Cheek-plate and thinking. They are a unique, though unwritHarness Pendant Tokyo Imperial Household ten, record of Chinese mythology, philosophy, Museum folklore, and religion.

That the earlier pottery is entirely different from the later will be seen in our two illustrations. The jōmon-doki pottery is much decorated and its beauty appears in the design, while the yayoi-shiki pottery is simple in decoration and beautiful in form. This essential difference is no doubt due to the different aaesthetic attitudes of the different people who had different cultures. A great number of interesting examples found in prehistoric sites all over Japan are collected in the Tokyo Imperial Household Museum; the Institute of Anthropology, Tokyo Imperial University; the Institute of Archaeology, Kyoto Imperial University; and in the Prince Ōyama Institute of Prehistoric Investigation, Tokyo.

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