Chinese Ming Dynasty Painted Pottery Tile - Elephant & Bamboo
This rare and unusual pottery tile was made during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It is made from a dense, quiet highly-fired grey pottery and features a reclining elephant in high relief. Depictions of elephants in ancient Chinese art are often quite unrealistic suggesting the potter/artist had probably never actually seen a real elephant. To the left of the elephant is tall bamboo, to the right a flowering tree. The tile has been "cold painted" in various brightly-coloured pigments, very good traces of which still remain.
Length 18.5 cm (7.25 inches), height 12 cm (4.75 inches). As is more often than not the case with such tiles, there is some loss of pigment and chips to the edges.
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