Roof tile

Photo: Susan Cole

Roof tile

14th–17th century

Zoomorphic ornaments were generally placed at the front of a roof's main ridge. This special figure, mounted on a dragon, is also part of a series that covers the entire length of the ridge. Besides adorning the roof of a building, the figures are also believed to bring good fortune to the occupants.

Ceramic tile with low-fired lead glaze
29 1/2 x 31 x 8 1/2in. (74.9 x 78.7 x 21.6cm)
Gift of Henry and Mary Ann James, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Photo: Susan Cole
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "SAM at 75: Building a Collection for Seattle", May 5, 2007 - September 9, 2007

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, "Chinese Art: A Seattle Perspective", December 22, 2007 - July 26, 2009 (12/22/2007 - 7/26/2009)
Published ReferencesYiu, Josh. "The Chinese Connection and the Chinese Collection at the Seattle Art Museum," A Community of Collectors, Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 2008, p. 162, illus. 139.

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