A Cizhou Painted 'Fish' Pillow

金代 磁州窑 荷塘纹 瓷枕

Jin dynasty, 13th century


Height 15 cm, Width 27 cm.


Octagonal pillow with slightly concave, forward-slopping top and slightly curving sides. Grey stoneware covered with white slip and transparent glaze. Painted undergalze decoration in black iron pigment on the top: a carp swimming amidst lotus flower and leaves on a striated wave-patterned ground, bordered by wide and narrow lines following the outline of the pillow; stylized half-palmette scrolls around the sides.


Further images




'Freedom of Clay and Brush through Seven Centuries in Northern China; Tz'u-chou Type Wares, 960 - 1600 A.D.'

Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1980-81.


Yeung Wing Tak

'Chinese Ceramic Pillows From Yeung Wing Tak Collection'

The Museum Of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, 1984