Japanese late 20th century (1999) ceramic unglazed vase by Living National Treasure ceramicist, ITO SEKISUI. He was designated Living National Treasure for MUMYOI ware in 2003. He is the first ceramicist working in MUMYOI ware that has received this designation. He is the 5th generation working..
"boy-shaped ceramic pillow"- Song Dynasty (960-1279) when i saw this, i thought it was a mere decorative piece but from the article i learned that porcelain & jade pillows were very popular in ancient china! thought to comfort body, soothe spirit & even clear eyesight "so that one could read small characters when one is old"! very interesting... i'm not sure why this caught my eye, but i'm now quite enthralled with it... *currently in collection of beijing palace museum