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Brown and Green Colored Porcelain Pillow with Lion Pedestal and Poem Design in Green Glaze of Tang Dynasty Made in Changsha Kiln
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Why this is a
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This porcelain pillow embodies two important features of porcelains manufactured in the Changsha Kiln: under-glaze painting and ornamentation of poems. Under-glaze painting and ornamentation of poems were two major breakthroughs achieved by the Changsha Kiln which ushered in a new era of decorative art on porcelains. This object is a kind of pillow used to keep cool in the summer. The pillow takes a crouching lion as its pedestal. On the two ends of the pillow are streaking tortoises and a poem is inscribed in the middle. It reads: “Wearing a skirt of thin and fine silk as the sun shines in leisure, A young lady appreciates spring flowers with great pleasure. The more heavy lipstick she puts on in front of the dresser, The more strongly she yearns for her future lover.” This poem expressed a young lady’s yearning desire for a lover. It can thus be safely concluded that the pillow was used by a young lady.

History of the Object
Collected by Hunan Provincial Museum. Produced in the Changsha Kilns, which prospered during the late 8th Century - early 10th Century.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
porcelain 
Measurements
Width 8.1 cm. Height 7.3 cm. Length 13.1 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Hunan Province,China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618 A.D. – 907 A.D.) 
Function
A pillow used to support the head when one was sleeping. It can relieve summer heat and bring coolness. 
Acquisition
Collected by the Hunan Provincial Museum 
Copyright
Hunan Provincial Museum Copyright 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Credit line
http://www.hnmuseum.com/hnmuseum/eng 

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