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Octagonal pillow
12th century - 13th century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Octagonal pillow
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1100
Creation End Date: 1299
Creation Date: 12th century - 13th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: stoneware with brown and white slip decor (t'zu-chou ware)
Dimensions: H.4-5/16 x W.17-3/16 x D.7-7/8 in.
Inscriptions: STICKERS
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 98.81.1
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

While octagonal head rests were a common form during the Sung and Ch'in dynasties. This example is distinguished by the calligraphy, the characters of which are written with white slip, a relatively rare technique. The fronds forming the fourteen character poem are executed in brown slip with particularly elegant brushstrokes. The poetic inscription reads:

Spring drunkenness meets often with an overflow of flowers;

Autumn chants face at length the graceful beauty of the moon.

AMICA ID: MIA_.98.81.1
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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