When looking at the images on this page, you may think there is a mistake with the heading "pillows", but illustrated below are hard Chinese and Japanese pillows, the complete opposite of what we expect in a pillow today. This style of pillow was in use from about the 6th century to the end of the 19th century, although the pillows on this page are from the later period. They were designed to keep the neck and head in vertical alignment with the spine, as with present day pillows, but without the head comfort of the soft pillows we use today. The most common shape was a brick with an inverted top, but other whimsical shapes included a recumbent child lying on his stomachs, where the curved back was the head rest, cats crouching also using the back as the head rest, and mythical animals. Most pillows are porcelain; less common are wood, hardstone, lacquer, and jade.
33 item(s) found:
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Antique Chinese porcelain angled pillow, famille rose decoration, 19th century, 6-sided decoration. 8.5 in wide x 6 in high/21 cm wide x 15 cm high. Purcahsed; Lammert Bros, Auctioneers, Hong Kong, 15/1/74
A Chinese ceramic Pillow, mid 20th century, brick shaped with air perforations at either end, iron red overall with two quatrefoil panels, one featuring a woman admiring her pet bird; the other, a contemplative woman on a balcony beneath the shade of a pin
Chinese blue and white Pillow and a vase, the pillow 20th century of square form with openwork at top, central medallion with prancing foo dog on each side, artist signed, together with a baluster shaped vase decorated with a rock garden (2). Pillow height
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