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Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Green lead-glazed ware is one of at least nineteen categories of Tz'u-chou ceramics. Pillows represent the largest subgroup of the green-glazed technique. The bean shaped headrest is freely carved in the center with a ribbon-tied spray of lotus and sagittarius blossoms against a dense ground of scrolling vine motif. A great many ceramic pillows were produced at the Tz'u-chou kilns in southern Hopei province between the tenth and fourteenth centuries. At first considered items made only for burial, it is now confirmed that ceramic pillows were used domestically and inscriptions mention their use as gifts for newly-married couples and as congratulatory objects.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: November 21, 2009