Pair Chinese Ming Dynasty Painted Pottery Tiles - Ox / Moon
This fine pair of pottery tiles was made during the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368 - 1644). They are made of a dense grey pottery and have been painted in black pigment. Each tile features, in high relief and in good detail, a long-horned ox, or cow, looking up at the moon, albeit in rather a strange pose, standing with its neck down but head turned upwards toward the sky. Mounted and lit well, these tiles make superb decorative items.
The total length when both tiles are placed together is 53 cm (21 inches), height 26 cm (10.25 inches). Condition is very good. As with almost all ancient pottery tiles, there are minor losses/surface chips, especially to the more fragile protruding parts. In places are the remains of ancient root/plant growths that we always like to see.
For information: these tiles came from a group of tiles, one of which we had TL tested and that TL test certificate is shown here for reference. Please note that neither of these particular tiles has been TL tested, although this can be arranged for an additional fee. Regardless of whether or not any item is TL tested, our guarantee of authenticity without time limit will of course apply.
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