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A Very Rare and Fine Monster-Shape Roof End Tile

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Ceramics: Pre 1492: Item # 458128

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A Very Rare and Large Roof End-Tile –Gray Stoneware Korea, Unified Silla Dynasty or early Koryo dynasty, 9th -11th Century This monster roof end tile was typically made for a temple. As a Korean this type of monster roof end-tile is a very rare in beauty of style and technical excellence. Korean old temple tiles remain unsurpassed and rival those made in China and Japan. ** Tiles with monster masks were mounted on the ends of rafters and were supposed to ward off evil spirits. This type of monster mask end-tile apparently came into vogue during the Three Kingdoms period. By the Unified Silla, such tiles demonstrate a flair for pictorial invention and imaginative stylistic variations.-- *** Reference: 5000 years of Korean Art. It is in fine condition. Measures 11”x11’x1 ½”.