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Pillow with Peonies

Period:
Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
Date:
12th–13th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Stoneware with sgraffito decoration (Cizhou ware)
Dimensions:
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm); W. 12 13/16 in. (32.5 cm); D. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.156.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
The small circles that fill the background derive from the same pattern in metalwork, particularly silver, where they are known as ring matting. The use of this pattern to decorate the background of the pillow illustrates one aspect of the ongoing exchange between metalwork and ceramics in China.
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