Pair of Chinese Ming Dynasty Painted Pottery Tiles - Birds & Flower Blossoms
This very attractive pair of pottery tiles was made during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). They are made from a dense, quiet highly-fired grey pottery and feature birds and flower blossoms in high relief. The blossoms are presumably lotus blossoms although could possibly be chrysanthemums. Note also the detail to the leaves, the flower buds and the long tail feathers of the birds that protrude from behind the flower stems. The tiles have been "cold painted" in various brightly-coloured pigments, good traces of which still remain.
The total length of both tiles when placed together is 51 cm (20 inches), each tile having a length of 25.5 cm (10 inches), height 12 cm (4.75 inches). Some surface wear, both tiles in very good condition.
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