#BRI-01 Ming Dynasty Hand-Carved Brick Tile of A Chilin

A Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) architectural fragment of a brick tile with a Chilin mythical animal in the relief style carved form with traces of organic color pigment possibly made from the Lapis Lazuli stone.

Brick carving is a genre of its own, mostly used for architectural purposes.

Chilin is an ancient mythical animal, said to have the scaled body like horse or deer with a dragon head that can travel a thousand miles a day. It is an auspicious symbol often used today to congratulate a young male's achievement in career.
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