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 reesotericstuff.coming 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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