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Old Japanese Bachimakura Geisha Pillow
Handmade Wooden Base
Attached to the top of the wood base is a silk fabric pillow filled with sobagara (buckwheat hulls or chaff)
Early to mid 1900s
9 in length, 6 in high, 4 in wide
23 cm length, 16 cm high, 10 cm wide
See last photo, Tape in Inches
Overall Good Condition
Red and black lacquer finish, (urushi),
Some chipping along edges. See photos.
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 bottom of this bachimakura is curved, providing a slight rocking motion, allowing for some head movement while sleeping.