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Pillow

Pillow

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    700-750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, with coloured lead glazes

  • Museum number:

    C.644-1921

  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 16

This earthenware pillow was specifically made for burials. It has an incised decoration of floral motifs and a coloured lead glaze, also known as sancai or 'three colours'. The splashed glazes resemble similar patterns found on textile tie-dyeing and batik of the same period. Similar examples have been found in graves of high standing citizens all over China.

Physical description

Earthenware pillow with incised floral motifs and sancai glaze. The splashed glazes on the surface suggest textile tie-dying or batik.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

700-750 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, with coloured lead glazes

Dimensions

Length: 12.5 cm

Descriptive line

Pillow, glazed earthenware, China, Tang dynasty, 700-750 AD

Labels and date

Wrist rest
Tang dynasty
700-750

Earthenware with three-coloured (sancai) glaze

Museum no. C.644-1921 [2007]

Categories

Archaeology; Death

Collection

East Asia Collection

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