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Item Old Japanese Bachimakura Geisha Pillow
Handmade Wooden Base
Like new, never used
Attached to the top of the wood base is a silk fabric pillow filled with sobagara (buckwheat hulls or chaff)
Age
Early to mid 1900s
Size
9 inches (19 cm) long
6 inches (16 cm) high
4 inches (8.5 cm) wide

See photo with tape in Inches.
Condition
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.


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