In Asia ceramic pillows were placed under the neck, comfortably supporting the head while cooling the skin. The lion, tiger, rooster, and dog are the symbolic animals protecting the home. The lions here may relate to their symbolic function protecting the home from fire.

Admiring Chinese celadon glazes made to resemble jade, Korean cearmic artists produced a celadon that became world renowned for its inlays of black and white under a unique “kingfisher blue” glaze.
Artist Korean
  • Pillow
  • Pillow with Lion Supports (alternate title)
Date 12th - 13th century
Medium Stoneware with slip and celadon glaze
Dimensions Overall: 4 3/4 × 9 1/2 × 3 inches (12.1 × 24.1 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, New Endowment Fund, and Benson and Edith Ford Fund
Accession Number 80.39
Department Asian Art
Not On View
purchased from the widow of Terauchi, the 1st Governor-General of Korea;
purchased by a private collector;
purchased by (Mayuyama and Co., Tokyo, Japan);
purchased by Matsunaga Kinenkan (Kanagawa, Japan);
purchased by (Mayuyama and Co., Tokyo, Japan);
1980-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Matsunaga Catalogue, p. 210 (pl. 331).

Mayuyama Seventy Years, vol. 1. Tokyo, 1976, p. 384 (pl. 1147).

Dekai Toju Zenshu Collection of Worl Ceramics, vol. 8. Tokyo, 1961, no. 71.

Bulletin of the DIA 59, nos. 2/3 (1981): pp. 96-100, p. 96 (ill.).

Bulletin of the DIA 59, no. 4 (1981): p. 108 (ill.).

An Exhibition of National Art Treasures of Korea. Exh. cat., Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 1961, no. 43 (ill.).

100 Masterworks from the Detroit Institute of Arts. New York, 1985, p. 64, p. 65 (ill.).

Mitchell, S.W. "The Asian Collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts." Orientations 13, no. 5 (May 1982): pp. 14-36 (fig. 24).