Global Art & Artifacts

Old / Antique and Rare Ceramic Parrot Roof Tile, China

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Detail: This mid-sized ceramic figure is a charming example of Chinese folk art. Highly glazed parrots – such as this one – were placed on the edges of rooftops of homes and public/private buildings. Limited to 9 parrots per roof, they were to protect the occupants from bad luck and create a positive energy (feng shui) in the building. This particular parrot dates back to the 1850’s and was a last remaining figure on a royal mausoleum in Xi’an City in the Shanxi Province, It was acquired by an antique dealer in Salisbury Maryland many years ago. I acquired the parrot in 1999. Ceramic parrots are common today , but this particular one is old and with a vibrant history. Stands not included. For the Serious Collector.

 

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