A Chinese Ming Dynasty Sancai Guardian roof tile
In Chinese culture, Imperial and important buildings had rooftile guardians to keep away the bad spirits. These figurines were glazed in so called Sancai glaze, which litteraly means three colours glaze. Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
A large Chinese Sancai-glazed roof tile Guardian dating from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) These roof decorations were ment to keep out bad spirits. The figure depicts a demon like guardian with crossed arms. On his head he has horns coming trough his long hair. The upperbody is revealed and he were’s only trousers. Underneath the shallow base are remains of cement visable.
These guardians were made of terracotta and then glazed in a three coloured salt glaze (Sancai)
They were placed on Imperial roofs, rich households and even temples to give the occupants prosperity and luck.
This tile can be most likely dated as 15th-16th century, Hongzhi through Jiajing Period (1488-1566)
Condition: Good, some minor glaze loss. UV checked
Provenance: Private German collection
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