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Catalog number 57.22
Title Funerary pillow with floral decoration
Object Name Pillow
Description This highly detailed funerary pillow dating from the Song dynasty, 960 AD - 1279 AD, was produced during a period when ceramic ware was highly sought after and exported to regions as far as Eastern Europe and Africa. On this funerary pillow, the ceramic form is painted with free-flowing decoration utilizing a floral pattern of scrolling tendrils. Nested within the vine-like spandrels, a protrusion of flowers bloom to decorate the surface with a whimsical, asymmetrical, repeating surface pattern.
Medium/Material Glazed terracotta, Ci Zhou stoneware/Ceramic
Dimensions H-5 W-13.25 inches
Year Range from 960
Year Range to 1279
Search Terms Asian
East Asia
China
Song Dynasty
10th century AD
11th century AD
12th century AD
13th century AD
Funerary
Ceremonial
Death
Pillow
Ceramic
Exhibition and Publication History *"A Selection from the Queens College Art Collection," Klapper, 1979, #49.
*"Art of the East," Klapper Library, 1985, checklist #15.
*"Discover! Selections from the G-TM of Queens College," Citibank L.I.C., 10/15-12/7/90, no catalogue.
*"Director's Choice, Part I," G-TM, 4/17-6/1/02. A. Winter, Curator.
* "The Light of Infinite Wisdom," GT-M, 10/15 - 12/20/2003, A. Winter, X. Lin, Curators, #36, ill., p.22.
Culture Chinese