Red Lacquer Hide Headrest

c. 1850
$1,980 USD
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Dimensions
W: 13.0" D: 5.25" H: 4.25"
Materials
Hide
Lacquer
Paint
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
DVEE001D
Estimated Shipping
$75

Crafted of painted, lacquered hide, this extraordinary headrest was created in China's Jiangxi province over 150 years ago. Its pliable design enabled contour comfort - quite luxurious for the time. Some scholars think the soft curve and height was intended to comfortably support the head and neck while preserving the intricate hairstyles of upper-class women. Paintings of auspicious creatures mid-flight adorn each end of the headrest, a dragon at one end and a phoenix on the other. The expressive brushwork is perfectly contrasted by the red lacquer finish, still vibrant after many decades of use.

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