Chinese or Japanese
Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Leather, bamboo, stitching
14 1/2 in. 5 1/2 in X 5 1/2 in. 665 grams.
Some of the stitching has come loose but is still firmly intact. Splits along the seams occur due to use
This so called “opium pillow” has a slotted split bamboo frame to give it strength and flexibility. Then covered with leather and pained with lacquered red that’s been burnished to a high gloss by the maker or from natural use. The ends are capped with additional leather pained red and black for the base and two floral scenes cover both sides. A great old artifact from a time long ago. It could be Chinese or Japanese due to originated from the Ryukyu islands currently owned by Japan but has been owned by Japan and China on and off over the years.