Ridge tile - ROM2006_7047_21


Ridge tile

Medium:Moulded earthenware
Geography: From the palace of Yan Xiadu in Yixian, Hebei province, China
Date: 3rd century BC
Period: Eastern Zhou period - Warring States Period
20 x 90 x 30 cm
Object number: 922.20.630
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionTrying to halt Qin's chain of victories, the state of Yan planned to kill the king of Qin, the future First Emperor. In 227 BC, the loyal assassin Jing Ke travelled from Yan's capital Xiadu to the king of Qin's palace in Xianyang. As a token of submission, he carried with him the decapitated head of a Qin general who had fled to Yan, and a map of Yan. A famous stone relief of the 2nd c AD shows how he failed: his dagger hit a column instead of the king. Jing Ke, hair on edge, is arrested, the king, holding a bi disk in his hand, walks away unscathed. In the middle is the general's head in a box. Although perhaps a tenuous relationship, this tile is supposedly from the Yan palace in Xiadu.
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