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 leaves, birds and flower blossoms in high relief. The blossoms are presumably lotus blossoms although could possibly be chrysanthemums. The tile on the left also has one flower still in bud. Note the bird in the right tile holding something in its beak, also the birds' long tail feathers. 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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