Lot 69: DOGU, Jomon Japan

doguLot 69:
A PAINTED EARTHENWARE FIGURE BUST, DOGŪ
JAPAN, JŌMON PERIOD

Sotheby’s (13 May 2015): ¥190,368,693 JPY / $1,587,675 USD (hammer price with buyer’s premium)

Dogū (土偶)(lit., “clay figures”) are small humanoid figurines made during the late Jōmon period (14,000–400 BC) of Japan: Purpose unknown. (Wiki)
it was aliens

A few of the many previous reports Japanese alien on the 3Yen include:

Fishy flags

Today the Japanese carp banners—Koinobori—are out flying in force for Children’s Day national holiday…

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left_long quotebar 24x260pxKoinobori is a Japanese event for children…jpninfo.com/2309
On May 5th is a day for children in Japan and that season is called “Tango no Sekku” (端午の節句)http://t.co/kGks25AybW pic.twitter.com/9lsTewAfbE — Japan Info (@Japan_Info_) Feb. 23, 2015

Previous reports of Koinobori/carp banners and Children’s Day on the 3Yen include:
   • It’s my day — Boy’s Day (3Yen / 2014-05-05)
   • Japan’s carp flags are mutating! (3Yen / 2011-05-05)
   • Early morning eyes of Children’s Day (3Yen / 2007-05-05)

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Green dogless dog…only in Japan

left_quoter_14x24That way madness lies. A tsukemono (pickled cucumber) dog.right_quoter_13x24
tsukemono-dogMulboyne — Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) April 17, 2015


Previous reports weird wiener reports on the 3Yen include:

 


Japanese ‘primal anxieties’?

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left_quoter_14x24Hideaki Kawashima summons primal anxieties of removable skin, made more relevant by the rise of virtual, second livesright_quoter_13x24
Exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery
Kawashima_3 Exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles): Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal


Prior Art*?

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From the 1985 film, “Brazil”, the perpetual facelift of the character Mrs. Ida Lowry played by Katherine Helmond (IMDb.com)

 



Blooming trippy springtime Japan



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The above is from the animated intro for the NHK program, “Flowers bloom in the Northeast.”
The program is tour of the Northeast of Japan with a “mysterious girl” that the public broadcaster, NHK, has aired as part of the reconstruction campaign for the Great Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Disaster of 2011 (Wiki).

You can view the entire animation at the official NHK website…
nhk-animation-openingClick to play.

Japan’s famous OCD artist is the world’s ‘most popular’

Polka-dot pooping pink batshit crazy Yayoi Kusama is the
world’s left_quoter_14x24most popularright_quoter_13x24 artist, ri-i-i-ight.

left_super long-quotebar 24x360Yayoi Kusama is named the most popular artist in the world
The Independent / 02 April 2015
Yayoi Kusama’s trademark polka-dotted sculptures and mirror installations proved a huge draw, with up to 9,000 flocking to her touring exhibition a day – making her exhibitions the most visited in the world in 2014. The Art Newspaper yesterday released its annual figures for the most visited exhibitions
More…
Yayoi-Kusama
The arty antics of Yayoi Kusama (who has spent significant time in asylums) has been covered in the 3Yen many times before including:
  • Kusama Princess of Polka Dots (3Yen / 2012/05/28)
  • Polka dots for Japan! (3Yen / 2012-07-16)
  • Are we having ‘FUN FUN’? (3Yen / 2012/02/27)
  • Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Pink Polka-Dot Bikini
      (3Yen / 2009/04/08)
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  • A Japanese ‘Happening’ 1965 (3Yen / 2006/11/13)
  • J-Praemium Imperiale for Halloween (3Yen / 2009-04-08)

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Yatagarasu — the national mutant of Japan

The national bird of Japan is the mutant three-legged crow (3Yen 2009-07-27). Therefore, the crow fashion below is “traditional.”

Crow Cape
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Jimmu, Japan’s legendary first emperor…encountered a three-legged crow named Yatagarasu…believed to be a messenger of the gods, or an incarnation of the sun
—via Japan National Tourism Organization: Three-Legged Crows