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Han Dynasty Roof Tile 玄武

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Architectural Elements: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1417074

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Han gray terra cotta roof, end tile with a tortoise and serpent. In Chinese cosmology a tortoise entwined by a dragon represents, is one of the four constellations and is referred to as the “Black Warrior”. As with many Chinese symbols they are connotated with longevity. Xuanwu “The Dark Lord of the North” aka Pak Tai, the patron God of Cheung Chau, where I live, is shown with subduing a serpent and tortoise under his feet. D: 14cm. Good absorption and worn jagged edge on the back where it broke off. The back still has the indentation where it would of 4 fingers and a thumb from where it was pressed into a mold.