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Pillow in Shape of Reclining Woman

Period:
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Date:
12th–13th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain with incised and carved decoration under celadon glaze (Jingdezhen Qingbai ware)
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm); L. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters, 1926
Accession Number:
26.292.82
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
The making of ceramic pillows is one of the more interesting results of the dramatic increase in the use of ceramic goods in China from the ninth to the fourteenth century. Produced in many of the kiln complexes throughout China, these uncomfortable-looking pillows were widely used, and are sometimes explained as neck rests intended to protect a woman’s elaborate coiffure while she slept.
Marking: Ye jia zhi [?] fu (Master of the house of Ye [?])
Mrs. Samuel T. Peters , New York (until 1926)
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