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6 avril 2024

Headrest in the Form of a Theater, Yuan dynasty, late 13th–mid-14th century

Headrest in the Form of a Theater, Yuan dynasty, late 13th–mid-14th century
Headrest in the Form of a Theater, Yuan dynasty, late 13th–mid-14th century
Headrest in the Form of a Theater, Yuan dynasty, late 13th–mid-14th century
Headrest in the Form of a Theater, Yuan dynasty, late 13th–mid-14th century
Headrest in the Form of a Theater, Yuan dynasty, late 13th–mid-14th century

Headrest in the Form of a Theater, Yuan dynasty, late 13th–mid-14th century, Jingdezhen ware; porcelain with carved and applied decoration under bluish-white (qingbai) glaze, 17.1 × 30.5 × 17.1 cm. Saint Louis Art Museum, Spink Asian Art Collection, Bequest of Edith J. and C. C. Johnson Spink, 148:2014.

 

This is a rare porcelain headrest in the form of a theater with a surrounding balustrade. The object is modeled in high relief on all four sides with figural and architectural details. The shaped top is slanted toward one of the long sides and decorated with a design of interlocking coins within an undulating border. During the Yuan dynasty, drama attained such a high point in the history of Chinese literature and performing arts that theatrical structures inspired the production of ceramic headrests.

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