Large & Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Painted Pottery Tile - Deer
This rare and unusual pottery tile was made during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It is made from a dense grey pottery and features a deer, an emblem of long life, said to be the only animal able to find the sacred fungus of immortality. On either side of the deer are flower buds. The deer and flower buds have been cold-painted in white pigment. The deer has also been painted in a yellow pigment and in places are faint traces of a red pigment. This tile would originally have been one of a series of similar tiles. To the edges remain traces of the original white mortar.
Length 41.5 cm (16.25 inches), height 16 cm (6.25 inches). As is more often than not the case with such tiles there is some damage. The tile has been broken close to its mid-point and re-stuck. One flower bud has been re-stuck and there are minor repairs to the deer. This tile would look very impressive when displayed and lit from an angle.
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