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Funerary figures made of clay found in thousands of Kofun era (3rd-6th century AD ) tombs scattered throughout Japan. The most important of the haniwa have been found in southern Honshu—especially the Kinai region around Nara—and northern Kyushu. Haniwa grave offerings were made in numerous forms such as horses, chickens, birds, fans, fish, houses, weapons, shields, sunshades, pillows, and male and female humans. They were intended to protect the deceased in his after-life. (from Wikipedia)

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