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Pillow

Accession Number
1987/2.52

Title
Pillow

Artist(s)
Chinese

Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
618-906

Medium & Support
porcelaneous stoneware with underglaze and glaze

Dimensions
3 1/4 in x 6 3/8 in x 4 1/4 in (8.25 cm x 16.19 cm x 10.8 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Subject matter
A Changsha pillow  from the Tang dynasty (618-906).

The the tongguan kiln, also known as the Changsha kiln in Hunan of the Tang dynasty, was known for the production of over 200 different forms for daily use made for export to Central Asia and the Near East.  They were mostly utilitarian wares glazed in white, caramel and brown colored glazes with iron-oxide underglaze brushwork, as well as applique molded decorations. 

Physical Description
A porcelaneous stoneware rectangular pillow with rounded corners and a gently sloped and concave top surface.  It is painted with underglaze iron brown and copper green oxides in hexagonal and floral motifs, and covered in a straw colored glaze. 

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
pillow

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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ceramic (material)
pillows
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