Learn about Pillows - Oriental

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:

These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A Chinese Yaozhou ceramic pillow in the form of a sleeping attendant on a platform holding a large leaf incised with four quadrants of flowers 16.5cm long x 13 cm deep, 13 cm high

Famille rose porcelain pillow, 6-sided decoration. 6.5 in wide x 5 in high/16 cm wide x 12 cm high

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

An antique Chinese stoneware pillow, modelled as a cat, with brown wash glaze, 24 cm

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 pottery pillow, in the form of a child, hand painted decoration, 27 cm wide approx.

Chinese pillow and a vase with under glazed blue marquetry. Together with a similar vase. 28 cm high, 28 cm long.

Two Chinese blanc de chine porcelain pillows. Republic period, one modelled of a child the other with moulded decoration. 19 cm high. 10 cm high.

Pair of cloisonne vases and two Chinese lacquer pillow and box (4)

Chinese pottery pillow, hand painted decoration, 24 cm long

Chinese green glazed terracotta pillow, with pulled feather decorated glaze, 20.5 cm long

A Chinese Qing-style yellow-ground porcelain pillow, of waisted rectangular form, decorated throughout with peaches, dragons, and flowers. Height 7.5 cm. Width 33 cm. Depth 11 cm

A Chinese Zitan pillow, rectangular with a concave top and shaped base. Height 9.5 cm. Width 30.5 cm. Depth 12 cm

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

A Chinese Cizhou-style rectangular pillow, with sgraffiato decoration of peony scrolls. Length 48 cm

A Chinese white and green glazed ceramic boy form pillow

Hardstone six sectional box form pillow with carved archaistic style decorative motifs.

A pair of Chinese Zitan pillows, 20th century, the rectangular top with rounded edges standing on four square legs. Height 9.5 cm. Length 23 cm

Porcelain pillow, Chinese, 18th century section modelled as a finely incised crouched smiling boy, with black, red and gilt details

A Chinese lacquered pillow box. 20th century, the long rectangular box with domed lid displays a series of gilded scenes. Height 18 cm. Width 62 cm. Depth 17 cm.

A large jade pillow in the form of a recumbent child, 19th-20th century 18 x 34 cm

Two 19th century Chinese pillows. One green the other mottled. Height 12 cm Width 18 cm

19th century painted and fired ceramic pillow in the form of a black spotted cat

Japanese red lacquer pillow. Landscape and floral decoration to either side. Length 32.5 cm

Meiji Japanese pillow stand with mon of Matsudaira family