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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1175-1300 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware moulded, incised and glazed

  • Museum number:


  • 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 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, with incised and moulded decoration and coloured glaze.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1175-1300 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware moulded, incised and glazed


Height: 10.2 cm, Length: 22.2 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.




Moulded; Incised; Glazed

Subjects depicted





East Asia Collection

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