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Posted 3 years ago


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Bamboo pillow, 16” x 4 ½” x 5 ¾” . Clever and complex design provides for two comfort levels, 2 ½” and 4 ¾”, with a suspension and blade system for flexibility. Such pillows are usually found made of porcelain. All in all, a remarkable piece of engineering. Age undetermined, vintage for sure, probably antique, any input much appreciated.


  1. Hunter Hunter, 3 years ago
    very interesting - never seen a hard surface pillow: was this made for sleeping on or something else?
  2. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    Hi Hunter, thanks for your comment. This was made for sleeping and variations still are. If you Google 'Chinese bamboo pillow' you can find modern versions for sale now. As I said, the antiques are made of porcelain, this is the first bamboo I've seen. Check Ebay, and here are a couple of porcelains:

    Best wishes, Jim

  3. Hunter Hunter, 3 years ago
    neato - thanks for the info Jim!
  4. Hunter Hunter, 3 years ago
    the porcelain ones look so uncomfortable. Were they covered with fabric or something to prevent neck pain?
  5. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    I don't think so. Some were reputedly used in opium dens and if that was really the case, I guess the users didn't notice any back pain, I don't have any idea what people who slept on their side or stomach were supposed to do.
  6. toracat toracat, 3 years ago
    Hi I added 2 more photos of ladle, do you think it is ceramic? toracat
  7. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Very cool piece Jim ! I am going to share your link with the new post also ok :-)
  8. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 9 months ago
    as someone who sleeps on my stomach, this 'pillow' has zero appeal! what a nightmare to wake up w/ one of these plastered to my face!
  9. jwendell222 jwendell222, 9 months ago
    Not to mention the possibility of a bamboo splinter beard!

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