Pillow with Peonies
Jin dynasty (1115–1234)
Stoneware with sgraffito decoration (Cizhou ware)
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm); W. 12 13/16 in. (32.5 cm); D. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1916
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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