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A RARE MING DYNASTY CIZHOU WARE CERAMIC IN THE FORM OF A BOY
A Chinese Cizhou ware porcelain pillow in the form of a small boy, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The boy is kneeling on all fours, supported by his crossed arms and with his feet raised behind him. He wears a moulded floral apron. He has a high forehead, moulded facial features and two moulded tufts of hair painted black, one above each ear. The details of his facial features, collar and cuffs are painted in black. The glaze is heavily crazed in places especially on the body and legs. The knees and elbows are left unglazed. There is a hole on the underside of the pillow.
Condition: Glaze cracks, no other chips or repairs.
Size: L: 26 cm, H: 16 cm.
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Note: The term 'Cizhou ware' refers to a type of sturdy stoneware produced at many kilns throughout the northern Chinese provinces of Hebei, Henan and Shaanxi. These wares were produced as far back as the Northern Song Dynasty(960-1127), Jin Dynasty(1127-1279) and Yuan Dynasty(1279-1368). Cizhou wares are heavily potted and boldly decorated with freely drawn designs. Ceramic pillows were used by the living, but were also buried in tombs for the next life, along with other items for daily use.