Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

Cizhou Ware Ceramic Pillows


January 9 - February 7 , 2021


9:30–17:00 (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)


Mondays  (Except  January 11), January 12


Adults 300 (150) yen, University / High school students 200 (100) yen

* ( ) indicate prices for those in groups of 20 or more.

*Free for Junior high school students and under and those 65 years and older living in Osaka city. Please show proof of age (driver’s license, passport, etc.) when entering.


The Cizhou ware kilns were the largest folk kilns in China, and prospered in North China from the Song to the Jin dynasty. The ceramic pillow is one typical and distinctive kind of item made in these kilns. In Japan, Mt. Fuji, hawks, and eggplants are well-known auspicious things to appear in your first dream of the year, but what kinds of dreams did the Chinese people desire to see in those days? Let’s try to find out, starting with the designs depicted on these pillows.

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Three-color lead glazed pillow, with incised garden design, Cizhou type ware

Jin dynasty, 12th-13th century.
Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts; Yamaguchi Coll.



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