Blue and White Lotus Headrest

c. 1900
$480 USD
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Dimensions
W: 6.0" D: 4.0" H: 5.75"
Materials
Porcelain
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
CESB021
Estimated Shipping
$20

To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman would use a rigid headrest or neck pillow to keep her head elevated. Whether functional or purely decorative, such headrests were crafted from a variety of materials and were often decorated with elaborate patterns or symbolic motifs.

This porcelain headrest is glazed in the blue-and-white style and shaped in the form of two children lying beneath a large lotus leaf. The boy and girl lay on their sides with heads resting on pillows of their own, the girl holding a lotus bud and the boy holding a lotus seed pod. This combination of motifs can be interpreted as a wish for many distinguished children. The lotus leaf top is curved to contour to the neck and etched with twin dragons soaring through clouds towards a flaming pearl. The base of the headrest is in the form of a footed rectangular platform, decorated in low relief with dragons and interlocking coins.

Additional Dimensions:
Lotus Leaf Top: 6"W x 4.5"D

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Headrests

Headrests and neck pillows have been used since ancient times to keep the head elevated while sleeping and hold the body in a comfortable position. Whether functional or purely decorative, such headrests were crafted from a variety of materials and were often decorated with elaborate patterns or symbolic motifs.

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