HONGZHI 1488 – 1505 to JIAJING 1522 – 1566. Ming Dynasty.

A Ming Pottery Ridge Tile, Hongzhi to Jiajing Period, Late 15th to Mid 16th Century, Probably Shanxi Province. This Turquoise and Brown Glazed Ming Architectural Pottery Figure Depicts a Fearsome Wild Ugly Mythical Being Who’s Job was to Scare Away Evil Spirits from the Building. He is Depicted with Small Horns, Popping out Eye and Fangs, His Rough Turquoise Skin Covers His Muscular Body Which is Naked Apart from His Boots, Skirt and a Furry Skin Neatly Tied Around His Neck. His Hands have Aliened Circular Holes that would Have Supported a Metal Spear or Flag. With a Later Wood Stand.


Very good, no damage, some dryness to the glaze in placed.
Height : 42 cm (16 1/2 inches) with stand
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For more information about Ming Architectural Ceramics see Jessica Harrison-Hall's excellent book : Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum.(Jessica Harrison-Hall.The British Museum Press, 2001. ISBN 0-7141-1488-X.) Chapter 18.



According to traditional Chinese belief, roofs are platforms of communication between the words of the living and spirit realms. Consequently they were decorated to ward off evil and to act as a magnet for blessings and good fortune.