Cladding tile - ROM2005_3311_1


Cladding tile

Medium:Moulded earthenware
Geography: Probably from near Anyang, Henan province, China
Date: 7th century AD
Period: Tang Dynasty
65.5 x 42 x 10 cm
Object number: 921.31.33
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection, Gift of Mr. D. A. Dunlap
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Chinese Architecture
DescriptionThis relief tile is one of five in the ROM collection from the almost four thousand that cover the sides of a cube-shaped pagoda with a pyramid roof near Anyang, Henan province. The tiles were shaped in moulds, in 72 different designs. The diamond-shaped tiles are the most numerous and varied. The figure on the tile is a guardian; he wears a head fillet, strapped-on armour, and sword. (For another of these tiles, please see 921.31.31.) Almost all historical Chinese architecture was in wood. Only pagodas were often made in brick or stone. In early Buddhism they contained relics, but later in China they just marked a temple, similar to the role of church towers in the West.
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