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Old Japanese Bachimakura Geisha Pillow
Handmade Wooden Base with kanzashi (hair ornaments) drawer
Attached to the top of the urushi wood base is a fabric pillow filled with sobagara (buckwheat hulls or chaff)
Hand loomed, homespun katazome cotton fabric cover, stripe fabric below.
Age
Early 1900s
Size
9 in length, 7 in high, 4 in wide
23 cm length, 18 cm high, 10 cn wide
See last photo, Tape in Inches
Condition
Overall Good Condition
Black lacquer finish on bottom (urushi), Some chipping along edges
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Comment Geishas became accustomed to sleeping with their necks on small takamakura or bachimakura (like this one) instead of ordinary pillows, so that their full hairstyle might remain unspoiled for the next evening’s work.
The geisha who owned this bachimakura wrote her name in kanji on the bottom of the drawer (Himira Endo). See 9th photo

The bottom of this bachimakura is curved,
providing a slight rocking motion, allowing
for some head movement while sleeping.