China Qing Dynasty a ancient pottery roof tile

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Seller: nb-numismatics (2,997) 100%, Location: Zedelgem, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 153823045322 China Qing Dynasty (1644-1911AD). This is an ancient Chinese glazed pottery roof tile in the form of a sitting dragon with the head of a rooster. It is dating 18th cent AD. This earthenware tile has been decorated with a sancai glaze of predominately green and amber colors. It was used on top edges of building roof. Measuring 18,5 cm high, 20 cm long and 8 cm at the base. Very good condition with some wear at the underside. From a UK-collection. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, glazed sculptural tiles became a popular decorative devise used extensively on temples, altars, imperial palaces and gardens, and are considered one of the hallmarks of classical Chinese architecture. Eaves and entryways were decorated with vibrant sculptural tiles that served both decorative and religious purposes. On temples and palaces, representations of mounted warriors and snarling dragons were meant to ward off evildoers of both the physical and spiritual kind. The term “Sancai” literally translates: “three colors”, and is usually applied to Tang dynasty earthenwares, which are coated with slip and then decorated with lead-fluxed glazes. The three most common colors, from which the name derives, are cream, amber and green. The sancai palette was revived in later periods, and was used on ceramics in the Ming and Qing dynasties. (AN8072) Provenance: Ownership History Available, Material: Pottery

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