Spotted Cat Headrest

c. 1900
$980 USD
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Dimensions
W: 5.25" D: 13.75" H: 7.5"
Materials
Ceramic
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
CMK079
Estimated Shipping
$38

To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman once used this ceramic headrest as a pillow. The headrest is shaped as a crouching house cat, with whiskers and fur playfully painted in with black, brown, and creme glaze, reminiscent of cizhou ware. Credited with a power to protect against evil spirits, perhaps for its ability to see in the dark, the cat is the ideal guardian for a headrest pillow, protecting its owner while she dreams.

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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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