Three Meiji Era Geisha Pillows
Circa 1900
Wood, silk, cord
7" wide x 9" high x 3 1/2" deep

These Japanese headrests, called Takamakura, were intended to cradle the necks of Geishas, so that their elaborate coiffures wouldn't become unkempt as they slept. The base is a hollow wood form and the pillow is covered in silk. They have a serene and sculptural presence, especially in a small grouping, as here.