Celadon Temple Headrest

c. 1900
$580 USD
Make an Offer
Dimensions
W: 8.25" D: 4.75" H: 4.25"
Materials
Porcelain
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
CESB022
Estimated Shipping
$75

To keep her elaborate hairstyle intact while sleeping, a well-to-do Qing-dynasty woman would use a rigid headrest or neck pillow to keep her head elevated. Whether functional or purely decorative, such headrests were crafted from a variety of materials and were often decorated with elaborate patterns or symbolic motifs.

This ceramic headrest dates to the turn of the century and is modeled in the form of a temple or other grand building. Likely intended as a decorative sculpture, the headrest is charmingly detailed, with perforated lattice windows, low outer railings, and a curved top textured to resemble roof tiles. Peering through the arched doorway, you can make out a group of robed figures performing a ceremony before a raised altar. A pale blue-green celadon glaze cloaks the exterior with a glassy finish.

Minor chips and losses.

Questions? Ask us
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.

SEE MORE

What They're Saying

Portrait goldman
Andrea Goldman | Andrea Goldman Design

“Over the years, I’ve incorporated many pieces from PAGODA RED into my designs. Not only can they balance new furnishings (and often new construction) by feeling more established, but the pieces emanate a sense of rich history, often leaving you wondering where they were in a previous life. These beautiful pieces carefully hand-selected by the team at PAGODA RED, coupled with their unbelievable customer service, make them a must-have for any home.”

Receive our weekly email on design &
creating memorable spaces