Chinese 8th Century Tang Dynasty Marbled Porcelain Pillow
Origin : China
& Style : Tang
dynasty, 618-907 AD
Material : Porcelain, marbled matrix glazed
& Weight :
6.3 in. x 4.4 in. x 3.4 in. ( 16 cm x 11.2 cm x 8.5 cm )
: An old chip
on the base.
A similar marbled porcelain pillow is collected by the Shanghai Museum, China. Please see the last 3 photos ( photos from "Chinese Porcelain Collection-Sui and Tang" Chinshiu publisher, Taipei, 2000/03 ).
In China, the marbled matrix glazed artwork began in Tang dynasty ( 618-907 AD ) and developed in Song dynasty ( 960-1279 AD ).
There were two methods to make the marbled matrix glazed items, one is to mix two different color clays together as the matrix; another one is to make a single color clay matrix first, then paste the mixed clay on its surface.
The listing item and the collection of Shanghai Museum were made by the second method.