Chinese Ming Dynasty Painted Pottery Lion Dog / Dog of Fo Tile
This fine pottery tile was made during the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368 - 1644). It is made from a dense grey pottery and has been "cold painted" in black pigment. The tile features, in high relief and in great detail, a lion dog, or Dog of Fo. The lion dog stands alert with mouth open and tail raised with a front leg raised over a ball from which ribbons emanate that surround the dog. The size of the tile is approximately 24 cm (9.5 inches) square. Mounted and lit well, this tile makes a superb decorative item.
Condition is very good. As with almost all ancient pottery tiles, there are minor losses, especially to the more fragile protruding parts. In places are the remains of ancient root/plant growths.
For information: this tile has come from a group of very similar tiles and is one of a matching pair. We have had the other tile to the pair (see our item stock number MA029) TL tested and that TL test certificate is shown here for reference. However, please note that this particular tile has not been TL tested, although this can be arranged for an additional fee. Regardless of whether or not any item is TL tested, our guarantee of authenticity without time limit will of course apply.
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