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Pillow

Pillow

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    12th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, incised and glazed

  • Museum number:

    C.285-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 2, shelf 2

This pillow is an example of Cizhou ware, a type of ceramic made in the northern part of China during the Jin dynasty (1115-1234). The term Cizhou encapsulates a range of wares made in several regions of northern China, often consisting of a stoneware body decorated with a bold design.

Ceramic pillows were an important item in the kilns producing Cizhou wares, and were made for both funerary use and as a neck support for the living. The stoneware body of this piece has been glazed in a modified version of the sancai three-colour scheme of the Tang dynasty, known as Song sancai.

Physical description

Cizhou ware pillow with floral coloured glaze designs

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

12th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, incised and glazed

Dimensions

Height: 9.1 cm, Width: 14 cm, Length: 31 cm

Descriptive line

Pillow, stoneware with coloured glazes, Cizhou ware, China, Northern Song-Jin dynasty, 12th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose. Song Dynasty Ceramics. London:V&A Publications, 2004. p. 72, no. 71.

Materials

Stoneware

Techniques

Incised; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

East Asia Collection

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