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Chinese porcelain pillows: ‘cool’ headrests
NEW YORK – Today, people commonly sleep on pillows filled with foam or feathers. Yet scores of pillows retrieved from Chinese Tang, Song and Ming Dynasty tombs (618-c1600) are made of cold, smooth, rock-hard porcelain. Archeologists believe that, like funerary utensils, kitchen vessels and weaponry, these figured in everyday life.