Chinese Ming Dynasty Painted Pottery Mandarin Tile
This pottery tile depicting a mandarin (Chinese official) was made during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It is made from a dense, quite highly-fired grey pottery. The mandarin wears a flowing robe, belted across his waist, with his badge of rank in the centre of his chest. In his right hand is what appears to be a hu (audience tablet). On top of the object held in his left hand sits a rabbit (or hare). Note also the mandarin's hat and long beard & moustache. This tile has been "cold painted" in various brightly-coloured pigments, very good traces of which still remain.
This tile comes complete with a custom-made Perspex display stand.
Height (off the stand) 25 cm (9.75 inches), width 12 cm (4.75 inches). Very good condition although there is a chip to the top front right of the hat and minor chips to the tile edges.
See also our other similar tile, stock number MA018, both of which together make a good matching pair.
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