Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Painted Pottery Tile - Bird
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 in high relief. The bird has been "cold painted" in white pigment and there are also faint traces of black, 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 28.5 cm (11.25 inches), height 14 cm (5.5 inches). As is more often than not the case with such tiles, there are losses and repairs. The head has been broken and re-stuck at the neck. The ends of the feathers on the outstretched wings have been chipped and in places repaired.
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