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Headrest in the Form of a Theater

Artist Culture
Chinese
Dynasty
Yuan dynasty, 1279–1368
Date
late 13th–mid-14th century
Material
Jingdezhen ware; porcelain with carved and applied decoration under bluish-white (qingbai) glaze
Made in
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China, Asia
Classification
Ceramics, jewelry & personal accessories
Current Location
On View, Gallery 230
Dimensions
6 3/4 × 12 × 6 3/4 in. (17.1 × 30.5 × 17.1 cm)
Credit Line
Spink Asian Art Collection, Bequest of Edith J. and C. C. Johnson Spink
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
148:2014
NOTES
This is a rare porcelain headrest in the form of a theater with a surrounding balustrade. The object is modeled in high relief on all four sides with figural and architectural details. The shaped top is slanted toward one of the long sides and decorated with a design of interlocking coins within an undulating border. During the Yuan dynasty, drama attained such a high point in the history of Chinese literature and performing arts that theatrical structures inspired the production of ceramic headrests.
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