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Old Japanese Bachimakura Geisha Pillow
Handmade Wooden Base with kanzashi (hair ornaments) drawer
Attached to the base is a small very dark indigo fabric pillow filled with sobagara (buckwheat hulls or chaff)
Hand loomed, homespun katazome cotton fabric
Handmade cotton indigo tie cord
Early 1900s
From Niigata Prefecture
9 in length, 7 in high, 4 in wide
23 cm length, 18 cm high, 10 cn wide
See last 3 photos, Tape in Inches
Good Condition
Black lacquer finish on bottom (urushi), some chipping along bottom edges
Comment Geishas became accustomed to sleeping with their necks on small takamakura or bachimakura (like this one) stands instead of ordinary pillows, so that their full hairstyle might remain unspoiled for the next evening’s work.

The bottom of this bachimakura is curved, providing a rocking motion, allowing for some head movement while sleeping (see 11th photo).