A White-glazed DING “Lion” Pillow

Northern Song Dynasty

  • Medium:Porcelain
  • Year:Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)
  • Size:Height 12.50 cm, Length 20.08 cm, Width 18.10 cm


Vividly sculpted after a lion, and decorated with stamping and impressing floral motif, the pillow’s headrest is in the shape of a flower cluster, with a curve to fit the contour of human’s head and neck; it is carved with doublelayered silhouette and a design of stamped peony flowers in the centre, with branches and twigs interlocking with each other, leaves overlapping and piling up, petals spreading out. The base is sculpted after a crouching lion, with a broad forehead, two hanging ears, wide open eyes, thick eye-brows, raised nose and an open mouth with teeth exposed, curling hair, with its head on two stretching forelegs, its hind legs curled up, the tail sweeping at the belly; the lion carries a silk draped pillow with Ruyi-shaped cloud pattern; it crouches on the ground and is supported on a double-decked pedestal with rails and window designs. The pillow is covered overall in white glaze, leaving its bottom exposed.

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