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Cover Tile


Object Number:64-21-2
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Beijing
Period: Ming Dynasty
Date Made: 1400 - 1925
Early Date: 1400
Late Date: 1925
Section:Asian
Materials:Terracotta
Technique:Glazed
Iconography:Dragon
Height: 5.5 cm
Outside Diameter:20.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Rees H. Barkalow, 1964

Description

Round outer face, only, of an antefix for a cover tile from the roof of a building. The tile has a raised flat margin all round inside of which is a low relief Ming dragon. The mold could be as early as 15th century, but the piece could have been cast later. The yellow glaze implies the tile was made for an Imperial building.

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