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.
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; there are a couple of minor losses to the tips of the vulnerable and fragile ends of the petals.
See also our second set of almost identical tiles (stock number MA007), the main difference being that on these tiles the lotus buds are closed whereas on MA007 the buds are starting to open !
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