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Headrest in the Form of a Reclining Boy

Artist Culture
Jin dynasty, 1115–1234
12th–early 13th century
Cizhou ware; earthenware with traces of white slip
Made in
China, Asia
Ceramics, jewelry & personal accessories
Current Location
On View, Gallery 230
8 1/2 × 17 × 9 in. (21.6 × 43.2 × 22.9 cm)
Credit Line
Spink Asian Art Collection, Bequest of Edith J. and C. C. Johnson Spink
Public Domain
Object Number
This large earthenware headrest takes the form of a chubby boy reclining with his large head supported by a sausage-shaped pillow with flat-cut ends. The figure has a lively expression, with his open mouth showing detailed teeth and his hair gathered in three small knots behind his ears and high on his forehead. He wears a loose tunic over pantaloons and round-toed slippers as well as bracelets around his wrists and ankles. He supports a gently curved platform on his side to serve as the headrest. Traces of white slip, a mixture of clay and water, on the surface suggest that its maker intended it to resemble porcelain.
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