A beautiful and decorative pair of animated terracotta pottery roof tiles depicting Male figures riding roosters. The Sancai greens, yellows and cream pop with detail making these late Ming early Qing dynasty fantastic on your mantle, bookshelf or buffet.
Measures: 14 x 12 x 4-1/4 inches (35.6 x 30.5 x 10.8 cm)
Condition: One man’s head repaired; otherwise excellent.
Glazed tiles have been used in China since the Zhou Dynasty (c.1046 – 256 BC) as a material for roofs. During the Song Dynasty, the manufacture of glazed tiles was standardized in Li Jie’s Architecture Standard. In the Ming dynasty and Qing dynasty, glazed tiles became ever more popular for top-tier buildings, including palace halls in the Forbidden City, and ceremonial temples (for example the Heavenly Temple).