Roof ridge finial - ROM2006_7084_1


Roof ridge finial

Medium:Moulded earthenware with glaze
Geography: Probably from Shanxi province, China
Date: Dated 1631 AD
Period: Ming Dynasty, 4th year of the Chongzhen Period
Object number: 2000.106.1582.1
Credit Line: Gift of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Chinese Architecture
DescriptionDragon-shaped finials located at both end of the roof ridges of temples and palaces, are the largest of the tile ornaments. Dragons symbolize water and rain, and thus protect against fires. This finial, composed of four pieces, is over 150 cm tall. It comes from a temple in Shanxi and bears a dated inscription.
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