Large Chinese Jin Dynasty Pottery Tile - Zhang Guolao AD 1115 - 1234
This large pottery tile was made during the Jin Dynasty (AD 1115 - 1234) and has been excavated from Shanxi province. It depicts a tall male figure dressed in a flowing belted robe holding up an object. Although we cannot be certain, we believe this figure may be Zhang Guolao of the Eight Immortals. Zhang Guolao lived during the early Tang period and tales were told of him especially during the period this tile was made. It was said he had magical powers and rode a white donkey that could be folded up like a sheet of paper, i.e. the object he holds aloft in this tile.
The tile is made from a relatively highly-fired grey pottery. In places are traces of white pigment. It measures 26.5 x 24.5 cm (10.5 x 9.5 inches) with a maximum thickness of 4.5 cm (1.75 inches). There is surface wear and a sizeable surface chip to the right border, but there is no repair or restoration.
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