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Large Vietnamese Tile Roof Ornament, 19th Century, Temple Ornament

Large Vietnamese Tile Roof Ornament, 19th Century, Temple Ornament


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Ceramics: Pre 1900: Item # 1480943
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A large and wonderful glazed ceramic roof ornament from Vietnam, adorned a temple or Imperial residence, bright color with frieze of koi fish and seaweed, lovely blue waves. Measures 19 3/4" high 12" wide and 5" deep. Substantial and heavy, with pleasing color glazes, the scene depicts koi fish next to an underwater plant and brown water creatures (frogs?) above. All the colored sections are raised design, and the wave section below has carved lines to delineate the waves. The form was part of a railing on a roof or covered walkway, with another level of decorative tile above. The white top has a round hole, as does the bottom and the interior mid section, so it could be wired to be used as a lamp. The sides also have a half circle hole, and all of these were probably used to secure the section with pipe or other material. Condition shows wear to edges, some chips, no cracks or structural damage. The color is strong and consistent in the glazes. the glaze shows crazing and some areas that are a bit darker (primarily in the white top section), so may be original to the firing. Antique item, sold as is.