Pillow in Shape of Reclining Woman
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Porcelain with incised and carved decoration under celadon glaze (Jingdezhen Qingbai ware)
H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm); L. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Samuel T. Peters, 1926
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.
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