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Lot 0094
**Originally Listed At $100**

East Asia, China, Ming Dynasty, ca. 1368 to 1644 CE. A gray terracotta roof tile cap , mold-made to have a recessed circular rim and an interior relief image of a fearsome lion or "Foo dog," as they're often referred to. The animal's captivating visage is comprised of a flared, striated mane, bead-shaped eyes, a slightly upturned nose, and a wide, toothy grin. The back portion is comprised of a semicircular cap, and the backside of the lion has an indentation for secure mounting. Size: 4.25" L x 3.5" W (10.8 cm x 8.9 cm).

According to Chinese tradition, roofs are understood to be locii of communication between the living and the spiritual realms. As a consequence, they were historically decorated to ward off evil and act as a magnet for good fortune and blessings.

Provenance: private Florida, USA collection

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Expected surface wear as shown commensurate with age, chips and abrasions along the back rim, wear to relief details, with pitting along the underside.

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Chinese Ming Dynasty Terracotta Roof Tile - Lion

Estimate $150 - $225Nov 26, 2018