DESCRIPTION: An ancient Han Dynasty grey pottery pictorial tile executed with impressed designs of horses and flying phoenix. Characteristic of architectural tiles found on cave tomb walls in Sichuan Province, this tile depicts three lively prancing horses with five stylized phoenix overhead. A repeating diamond pattern forms the upper and lower border. The faint red pigment seen in several places is actually ancient calligraphy detailing its placement in the structure, i.e. “west side of entrance.”
The tile has been professionally mounted in a shadow box gold-leafed wood frame; the back is fitted with a French mount that holds the tile’s weight while hanging. FRAME DIMENSIONS: 52 ½” long x 24 ½” high x 2 1/4” thick.
Originally part of a group of excavated architectural tiles from which several in the series were T.L. tested in April of 2002 by Oxford Authentication. From this the series was dated from the Eastern Han Dynasty, c. 100- 220 A.D. (authenticity is guaranteed). Several tiles from this same series were prominently featured in the publication, “Celestial Horses,” published by T.K. Inc., with a preface by Brian A. Dursum, Director of the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.
Please note: the last photo of this listing shows a very similar tile dating to the Han Dynasty which is on exhibit in the Chinese Art Exhibition of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.