Ceramic roof tile with fragment of apsara, cloud designs

Accession Number

Ceramic roof tile with fragment of apsara, cloud designs


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support

2 1/4 x 7/8 in. (5.7 x 2.1 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Peter Greiner

Subject matter
Apsara design was appeared in Three Dynasty period. It can be found on the ancient tomb mural or espically on the Buddhist temple bell. It was usually carved in the form of bilateral symmetry on the roof-tile.

Physical Description
It is a fragment of roof-end tile with apsara design in relief.

This fragment of a red-brown, high-fired concave eave-end roof tile features a bicheon or apsaras (a celestial being of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology) design. It is made from fine clay, resulting in a smooth surface and robust appearance. The left part of the tile is no longer present; only the heavenly cloth and cloud design remain. The narrow upper and lower rims of this tile are bordered with rows of dots, while the left and right edges have no rim. Clear traces of trimming and smoothing with water are visible on the edges and back of the tile.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p.36]

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
roof tile

Additional Object Classification(s)
Decorative Arts

Collection Area

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ FFW, Lower Level ➜ 053 (Education Center Display Cabinets) ➜ Cabinet B ➜ Shelf 2