Bowl from Hiroshima, Japan

Made:
1935-1945 in Hiroshima
maker:
Unknown

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Porcelain bowl, retrieved from Hiroshima after the atomic bomb explosion, unsigned, Japan, August 1945

Porcelain bowl, retrieved from Hiroshima after the atomic bomb explosion, August 1945

The atomic bomb that was detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima killed almost 80,000 people directly; the radioactive contamination it left behind killed an estimated 60,000 more.

This porcelain bowl was found among the ruins of the city. As a result of the heat of the explosion, the glaze melted and sand and stones became embedded in it.

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Details

Category:
Nuclear Physics
Object Number:
1984-663
Measurements:
overall (estimated from object image): 100 mm x 170 mm x 190 mm
type:
bowl
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
credit:
Boase, P.A.
status:
Permanent collection

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