Set of Chinese Ming Dynasty Painted Pottery Tiles - Lotus Blossoms
This highly decorative set of pottery tiles was made during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). They are made from a dense, quiet highly-fired grey pottery and comprise three tiles, the left and right tiles being very elaborately decorated with lotus buds and blossoms in high relief, together with a central spacer tile. These tiles have been "cold painted", in places the background with a black pigment, but the decorative elements in various brightly-coloured pigments, good traces of which still remain. Ancient plant/root growths still adhere to the surface in places on both the back and front of the tiles.
The total length of the tiles when placed together is 67 cm (26.25 inches), the maximum height of the left and right tiles being 20 cm (7.75 inches). Condition is very good although, as is more often than not the case with such large tiles, in places there are losses to the more vulnerable and fragile ends of the petals.
See also our second set of almost identical tiles (stock number MA008), the main difference being that on these tiles the lotus buds are partially open whereas on MA008 the buds are still closed !
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