A period in Japanese art history from 710-794. The Nara period was preceded by the Hakuho period (sometimes called the Early Nara period) from 645-710, and followed by the Heian period from 794-1185.Examples:Japan, Nara Period, 8th century, Jar with cover, three-color glaze, excavated at Taishokukanyama, Ibaragi-shi, Osaka, height 15.6 cm, Tokyo National Museum. Japanese authorities have designated this piece an "Important Cultural Property."