Porcelain pillow with bamboo pattern produced in Cizhou

 

Song Dynasty
Height: 10.5cm
Length: 28.3cm
Width: 19.8cm

The pillow is long polygonal shaped, with eight sides, and both the top and the bottom have a rim. Both the top and the eight side walls are adorned with black patterns against the white background: the top a grove of bamboos, and the side walls curly grass pattern.

Outline drawing is applied to the pattern on the pillow. The strokes are natural and smooth which vividly presents the straightness and flexibility of the bamboo grove, giving off the effect of traditional Chinese ink paintings. The bottom of the pillow is inscribed with the mark "zhang jia zao" (presumably the maker surnamed Zhang).