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Roof Tile

Accession Number
2004/1.198

Title
Roof Tile

Artist(s)
Korean

Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
676-935

Medium & Support
earthenware

Dimensions
5 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 3/4 in. (13.2 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

Subject matter
The lotus motif, because of its association with Buddhism, was a favorite design for the end-tiles on the roofs of Korean palaces and temples. At first the lotus medallion decorating the faces of end-tiles was single layers and consisted of six to eight petals surrounding a central ovary or seedpod. Later the lotus design grew more complex with additional decoration on each petal as well as super-imposed rows of petals. This is an example of a lotus medallion with a double layer of petal.

Physical Description
This is an example of a lotus medallion with a double layer of petal. Two rows of eight petals each are arranged around a double-ring seedpod. The outer ring of the seedpod has no design. The inner ring of the seedpod contains a central seed surrounded by six peripheral seeds (1+6 seed pattern). The outer rim is embellished with a bead pattern.

This gray-white, high-fired earthenware concave eave-end roof tile with an eight-petal lotus design was made from fine clay mixed with a small amount of sand. The reverse side shows signs of having been joined to a flat tile, while traces of trimming and smoothing with water are also visible. The round ovary is circumscribed by double lines and contains seven seeds: one in the center surrounded by six more.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p.37]

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
roof tile

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
ceramics
earthenware
lotus
lotus (motif)
roofing tile
roofs
tile

3 Related Resources

Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Buddhism
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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