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Item 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) covered with an off white cotton protector.
Age
Early to mid 1900s
Size
9 inches (22 cm) long
6 inches (15 cm) high
4 inches (10 cm) wide

See photo with tape in Inches.
Condition
Overall Fair Condition Red lacquer finish, (urushi), Some chipping along edges. See photos.

The silk has age soiling.
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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