<em>Cizhou Ware Pillow in the Form of a Tiger</em>, 1182. Cizhou ware, earthenware, painted slip decoration with transparent glaze, 4 3/8 x 6 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (11.1 x 17.1 x 36.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Asian Art Council, 1993.56. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1993.56_overall_PS9.jpg)

Cizhou Ware Pillow in the Form of a Tiger

Medium: Cizhou ware, earthenware, painted slip decoration with transparent glaze

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Dates:1182

Dimensions: 4 3/8 x 6 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (11.1 x 17.1 x 36.8 cm)

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Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, 5H19, 5F

Accession Number: 1993.56

Image: 1993.56_overall_PS9.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
A ceramic pillow takes shape of a crouching tiger; the oval panel on the tiger's back is painted with a bird perched on a branch of bamboo in dark brown. The pillow is assembled with a hollow construction, its molded form covered with a white slip. An orange brown slip is applied to the body, excluding the back, ears and eyes which remain white; black brushstrokes create the tiger’s stripes and features and the bamboo branch and bird. The pillow is then coated with a transparent glaze and fired at a high temperature. The foot is unglazed. This is a Northern Cizhou ware, made from gray stoneware and white slip applied to refine the surface. Used in summertime, this pillow for sleeping takes the form of a tiger because, according to Chinese lore, the tiger frightens away malevolent spirits. The piece is inscribed on the base: "purchased for 31 wen on the thirteenth day of the first month of ren ying:. The second character of the cyclical date on the base is slightly obscured, but appears to read a date corresponding to the Jin era, possibly 1182 or slightly earlier. (From Accession Card)

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