**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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