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By Michiko Y. Aoki, Margaret B. Dardess

ISBN-10: 082480760X

ISBN-13: 9780824807603

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Texts from the Liu Song, Sui and Tang Dynasties become important to understanding Yamato from the 5th century onwards (Tsunoda and Goodrich 1951). g. Tanabe 1982) because no reports on Yamato or Wa exist in the Chinese records between AD 266 and 421 (Tsunoda and Goodrich 1951: 16, 22). Japanese court histories In addition to the Chinese texts, Yamato development is reported upon retrospectively in the 8th-century chronicles of the Ritsuryh state. 10 These texts 20 Protohistoric Archaeology were centrally approved, politically inspired documents designed to legitimize the ruling imperial line and integrate the aristocratic clans into an interwoven genealogy reflecting their relative ranks at court.

Artefacts include curvedblade sickles, horse trappings, jingle bells, belt fittings and jasper tri-lobed beads [miwadama]. Haniwa are made in animal and human shapes. Koto-bridge shaped objects and talc containers disappear in this phase. MK-7 (mid-5th century): Style-4 type cylindrical haniwa. Sué stoneware of TK216–208 types. Long-stemmed arrowheads and new mirror types, including jingle-bell mirrors, appear and spread during this phase. Horizontal-band riveted cuirass and lamellar armour become common.

The biggest pitfall in interpreting these records is taking at face value Chinese descriptions of economic and political systems, which utilize their own terms such as ‘markets’, ‘taxes’ and ‘kings’ when in fact the local systems were probably not yet sophisticated enough to warrant these terms. Nevertheless, one of the purposes of the Han Dynasty records was to provide ethnographic information on the peoples at the periphery of Han Court jurisdiction so that such peoples could be understood and manipulated for the court’s benefit.

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