This papercraft is a Dogu, small humanoid and animal figurines made during the late Jōmon period (14,000–400 BC) of prehistoric Japan, the paper toy is designed by Julius Perdana. Dogu come exclusively from the Jōmon period.
By the Yayoi period, which followed the Jōmon period, Dogū were no longer made. There are various styles of Dogū, depending on exhumation area and time period. According to the National Museum of Japanese History, the total number found throughout Japan is approximately 15,000.
Dogū were made across all of Japan, with the exception of Okinawa. Most of the Dogū have been found in eastern Japan and it is rare to find one in western Japan. The purpose of the Dogū remains unclear but, most likely, the Dogu acted as effigies of people, that manifested some kind of sympathetic magic. For example, it may have been believed that illnesses could be transferred into the Dogu, then destroyed, clearing the illness, or any other misfortune.
Dogu should not be confused with the clay haniwa funerary objects of the Kofun period (250 – 538). Ancient astronaut theorists have suggested that some Dogū figurines may represent beings in spacesuits. More information of the Dogu please click on here.
You can download the paper craft here: Ancient Japanese Dogu Free Papercraft Template Download