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 poor condition and appears quite worn with marks and scratches and discoloration from age. The frame pieces are worn from past use and the assembly is quite loose. It seems that someone in the past did try to remedy this problem by securing the frame with cord binding. This binding does help stabilize the frame though the structure is still quite loose and can easily be moved. The bamboo neck rest is also quite dry and brittle and the straps are a bit loose. Due to its age and condition 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: 5.7 ounces (162 grams)
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item code: R2S6-0004600
category code: nipponmakura
ship code: G6