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Pillow

Pillow

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1175-1250 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, incised, moulded and glazed

  • Museum number:

    C.568-1919

  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 26

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 taken on the shape of a lion through clever use of moulding and incising techniques, and brightly coloured glazes. Lions were sacred animals to Buddhists, so this pillow would have had a special meaning for its owner.

Physical description

Cizhou ware ceramic pillow with crouching lion base, incised and moulded decorations and coloured glazes.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1175-1250 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, incised, moulded and glazed

Dimensions

Height: 12 cm, Length: 21.6 cm

Descriptive line

Pillow with crouching lion base, incised and moulded stoneware with coloured glazes, Cizhou ware, China, Jin dynasty, 1175-1250

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

Kerr, Rose. Song Dynasty Ceramics. London:V&A Publications, 2004. p. 74, no. 73.

Labels and date

Pillow with lion base
Jin dynasty
1175-1250
Cizhou kilns, north China

Some Chinese pillows are in the form of lions or tigers, probably for their protective power.

Stoneware with multi-coloured glaze
Museum no.C.568-1919 [2007]

Materials

Stoneware

Techniques

Moulded; Incised; Glazed

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

East Asia Collection

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