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Chinese Hand Pillow

Will you please tell me what this is?

It was suggested to me that it was a Chinese "Hand Pillow".

I have never heard of such a thing.

Thank you very much for your time and patience.


Yes, it is

As usual when we touch upon the fine points in Chinese culture, I turn to Simon Ng in Hong Kong for help, and yes - he confirmed at once that this is indeed a pillow.

The summers are warm and humid in some areas in China and these were sometimes "a blessing" for a hand or as a head rest, as he put it.

If this is a genuine article or a later replica, is another question though, and for a date I would suggest early to mid 20th century.

Sincerely,
Jan-Erik Nilsson

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