Large Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Painted Pottery Tile - Bird & Cloud
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 bird and swirling cloud in high relief. The surface of the tile has been painted in a black pigment, then the bird and tile painted in a white pigment with traces of red and blue pigments in places. This tile would originally have been one of a series of similar tiles. To the ends and back remain traces of the original white mortar.
Length 44 cm (17.25 inches), height 18.5 cm (7.25 inches). As is more often than not the case with such tiles there is some damage. The tile has been broken at its mid-point and re-stuck and there are some chips to the edges. This tile would look very impressive when displayed and lit from an angle.
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