Ash print slab plates in process
Sheild shaped Haniwa cylindrical Haniwa
5th century Japan
Rows of cylindrical haniwa were set up across both tiers of the burial mound, with shield-shaped haniwa also erected. In addition, shield-bearing human figurines were set up at one sector of the outer rampart. It is thought that the builders of the tomb hoped to protect the grave from evil spirits approaching the mound, by setting up haniwa in the shape of such items as shields, having a defensive function.