Dogu土偶 translating from Japanese language means clay figurines. That is clay humanoid figurines typically small from 7cm up to 14cm. These date back to the Jomon period, a catch-all archeological term used to describe the hunter-gatherer peoples. They existed on the Japanese archipelago from around 14,000 BC to 400BC. Dogū still remains mystery for what purpose it was created. There are several theories. One that they served as a sacred figures representing the gods or even the aliens. Second that they were votary offerings designed to ensure fertility not only for humans but also for mother nature. Third theory is that dogū may have been toys or even works or art. The condition in which they were found, and where they were found is also used by archaeologists to investigate their meaning. Many figurines have been found broken. Archaeologist cannot agree whether dogū were broken intentionally.  There are many unanswered question surrounding the figures that continue to give those figurines their aura of unearthly power.

Dogū workshop’s goal was to learn more about Japanese art and create our own mysterious figurines and set the intentions for what purpose they gonna serve us. Workshop facilitator was me Shija’Nohea.  Participants were Saigon Star International school’s students currently studying Japanese art topic at school. It took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We spend around 3 hours to complete our artworks. Please enjoy artworks made by 12-13 years old students, myself and their teacher Mr. Stephen.


Students from Saigon Star Internationa school, Year 8 /2020

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