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  • Japanese: 石鍋 (ishinabe)

Ishinabe (lit. "stone pot") are a type of ancient cooking vessel made from talc stone, found in c. 8th-10th century sites as far east as the Kantô, and as far south & west as Hateruma Island in the southern Ryûkyû Islands. Made from stone mined in what is today Nagasaki prefecture, these stone pots are one of a number of forms of archaeological evidence for ancient trade connections between "mainland" Japan and the Ryukyus.


  • Akamine Mamoru, Lina Terrell (trans.), Robert Huey (ed.), The Ryukyu Kingdom: Cornerstone of East Asia, University of Hawaii Press (2017), 13.