Chinese Ming Dynasty Painted Pottery Tile - Qilin, Moon
This fine pottery tile was made during the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368 - 1644). It is made from a dense grey pottery and has been "cold painted" in black pigment. The tile features, in high relief and in great detail, a qilin (a mythical creature with antlers, cloven hooves and several features of the dragon). Note the elaborate details of the qilin: the head, the mane, the body, the tail. The qilin looks over its back at the moon in a cloudy sky. The size is approximately 24 cm (9.5 inches) square. Mounted and lit well, this tile makes a superb decorative item.
Condition is very good. As with almost all ancient pottery tiles, there are minor losses/surface chips (note to the upper jaw), especially to the more fragile protruding parts. In places are the remains of ancient root/plant growths.
For information: this tile has come from a group of very similar tiles. We have had one of those tiles TL tested (stock number MA029) and that TL test certificate is shown here for reference. However, please note that this particular tile has not 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.
Please also see our other tile, stock number MA027, the matching pair to this tile.
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