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A RARE LARGE SANCAI-GLAZED POTTERY HEADREST
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A RARE LARGE SANCAI-GLAZED POTTERY HEADREST

Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618 – 907)

the block-shaped platform surmounted by a wide fan-shaped panel supported by plain triangular struts rising at the back, decorated on the back panel and on the flat top of the platform with a finely incised design of twin florets on leafy stems looped and bound in a double-scroll with two smaller florets at the center, the designs picked out in cream, green, and amber on a dark green ground, within cream and amber striped borders, the straight sides of the platform with green and cream and amber-brown mottled glaze, the reverse of the panel covered in cream-colored glaze and the flat base unglazed.

Height 5 78 inches (15 cm)
Length 9 58 inches (24.5 cm)

Provenance Eskenazi Ltd., London, 2005

Pottery headrests decorated with incised designs and three-color ‘splashed’ glaze are a classic product of the Tang period, and many smaller examples have been published, but no other example of this elaborate form and large size is recorded.

Compare the Tang sancai-glazed pillow of typical smaller size, lacking the fan-shaped back panel, illustrated by Trubner in The Arts of the T’ang Dynasty, Los Angeles, 1957, p. 86, no. 211, lent by the Seattle Art Museum.

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A RARE LARGE SANCAI-GLAZED POTTERY HEADREST

Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618 – 907)

Height 5 78 inches (15 cm)
Length 9 58 inches (24.5 cm)

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