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Marble veined Porcelain Pillow
The marble-veined porcelain pillow of the Tang Dynasty measures 13.6cm long, 10.9cm wide and 7.3cm high. Unearthed in 1975 at Gaolongwangcha Gully in Yanshi, it is now in the collection of Shangcheng Museum in Yanshi, Henan Province.
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Ancient pillows are an important means to study the material life and even mentality in ancient China. In Shuowen Jiezi (Analytical Dictionary of Characters), a “pillow” is described as “something to rest one’s head on”. Pillows have been always closely related to people’s daily life. They may even acquire richer charms of culture, thanks to literary works such as the fond dream story in A Life in Pillow authored by Shen Jiji of the Tang Dynasty, or the Song poet Li Qingzhao’s Drunk in Flowers, “the evening feels a little cold on the jade pillow inside the partition door”. Pillows are made of various materials, such as stone, bamboo, wood, jade and copper. However, porcelain pillows have survived today in the largest number. Porcelain pillows emerged comparatively late. The earliest one of the kind has been the porcelain pillow unearthed from Zhang Sheng’s tomb in Anyang, Henan Province, dated 595 (the 15th year of the Kaihuang era of the Sui Dynasty) [1]. Porcelain pillows gained fast popularity during the Tang Dynasty. Marble-veined porcelain pillows, in particular, were all the rage, thanks to their distinguishable patterns. The marble-veined porcelain pillow unearthed at Gaolongwangcha Gully in Yanshi is a typical one of the Tang Dynasty and boasts high artistic and cultural values.