Dating japanese pottery
A social and intellectual elite refined ink painting, calligraphy, poetry, literature and music as forms of self-expression and entertainment.
Until the late fifteenth century, both religious and secular arts flourished.
During the sixteenth century, the emergence of a wealthy merchant class and urban areas centered around industries such as the production of textiles created a demand for popular entertainment and for mass-produced art such as wood block prints and picture books.
During the Asuka and Nara periods, so named because the seat of Japanese government was located in the Asuka Valley from 552 to 710 and in the city of Nara until 784, the first significant introduction of Asian continental culture took place in Japan.
The transmission of Buddhism provided the initial impetus for contacts between China, Korea and Japan.
The first settlers of Japan, the Jōmon people (c 11,000?
–c 300 ), named for the cord markings that decorated the surfaces of their clay vessels, were nomadic hunter-gatherers who later practiced organized farming and built cities with substantial populations.