Sancai roof tile officials
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- Ming Dynasty, 16th - 17th century
- 42 cm
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A pair of sancai glazed roof tile sculptures portraying two officials standing on clouds. Brilliantly glazed in green, brown and ochre hues. The officials are wearing flowing robes and a decorated headpiece.
Colorfully decorated architectural tiles became popular from the Ming Dynasty on, with Beijing being the center of the production. The glazed tiles, representing dragons, warriors and other important Chinese sculptures, were both decorative and religious. They were placed on the ridges of important buildings and gateways, guarding the temple or palace against evil people and spirits.