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A CARVED AND INLAID ‘MAKARA’ PILLOW
A CARVED AND INLAID ‘MAKARA’ PILLOW

NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY (960-1127)

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A CARVED AND INLAID ‘MAKARA’ PILLOW
NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY (960-1127)
The pillow is carved through a layer of white slip and inlaid with brown slip to depict a five-clawed Makara, its eyes picked out in black, amidst cloud wisps and two pearls against a fish-roe ground on the top, the sides with a broad peony band, all under a clear glaze; the base is unglazed revealing the light brown body. There is a ventilation hole on one side.
10 7/8 in. (27.7 cm.) wide, box
Exhibited
National Museum of History, The Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics of Eight Dynasties, Taipei, 1987 , p. 34
Chugoku meito ten: Chugoku toji 2000-nen no seika (Exhibition of Chinese Pottery: Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics), Tokyo, 1992, no. 31

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