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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.289
Title
Pillow with decoration of a boy
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 金 三彩童子紋枕
Classification
Furnishings
Work Type
headrest
Date
12th-early 13th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Jin dynasty, 1115-1234
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/190164
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Earthenware with three color (sancai) lead glaze
Technique
Lead glaze
Dimensions
H. 8.5 x W. 23.8 x D. 10.6 cm (3 3/8 x 9 3/8 x 4 3/16 in.)
Provenance
[J.J. Lally & Co., New York, October 1999] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (1999-2006), partial gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2006.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial gift of the Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation and partial purchase through the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.289
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Ceramic pillow of trapezoidal form, the top surface decorated with incised design of a boy grasping a Buddhist implement amid billowing scarves; diapered floral patterning impressed on the side walls; buff earthenware with emerald green and amber brown lead fluxed glazes over incised, molded, and slip-painted decoration.
Commentary
Compare to:
(1) Sancai pillow of nearly identical form and decoration in the collection of the Museum of the Western Han Mausoleum of the Nanyue King in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. See Zhongguo taoci quanji [The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics], vol. 9: Liao, Xi Xia, Jin [Liao, Xi Xia, and Jin dynasties] (Shanghai: Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 2000), no. 224, pp. 232 and 315.
(2) Sancai pillow of closely related form, decoration, and color palette excavated in 1964 from a Jin-dynasty tomb dated to 1196 in Houma, Shanxi province, now in the Houma Workstation, Shanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology. See Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 5: Shanxi (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 88.

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