Antique Japanese pillow (makura) for use with women who are wearing a traditional Japanese nihongami hair style (please see last photo in this listing to view an example of this elaborate hair style). Pillows such as this were designed more for function than comfort as their purpose is to keep the head elevated above the sleeping surface in order to not disturb the woman’s coiffure.
About the Listed Item
This antique Japanese pillow dates from the late 19th or early 20th century and features a wooden frame and delicate neck rest made of thin strips of shaved bamboo. The pillow is in very good condition considering its age and has no chips or cracks and only minor wear from handling and possible past use. The bamboo lattice is a bit brittle and dry and for this reason we recommend this item as a display piece only.
Height: 5.8 inches (14.8 centimeters)
Width (across top): 7.0 inches (18.0 centimeters)
Depth (at base): 3.5 inches (9.0 centimeters)
Weight: 6.0 ounces (171 grams)
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item code: R1S6-0004479
category code: nipponmakura
ship code: G6