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Roof tile - White Horse Laden with Sutras

White Horse Laden with Sutras

  • Object:

    Roof tile

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1644 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with lead glazes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 8, shelf 1

Physical description

Ridge tile, modelled in the form of a pack-horse, of red earthenware covered with coloured lead glazes. The horse covered with a clear glaze over a white slip has a dark manganese-purple mane and tail and is harnessed with green strapping, turquoise-blue saddle and amber fringed saddle-cloth. Three small coffers, coloured yellow, are fastened on the saddle.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1500-1644 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with lead glazes


Height: 26 cm, Length: 19.7 cm, Width: 13.3 cm

Object history note

This roof tile was acquired in Beijing.
Mr Wylde's purchases in China on behalf of Messrs. S.M. Frank & Co., 25 Camomile St. EC.
The museum purchased the lot for £30 17s. 10d. [C.365 to 403-1912]
In 1912 C.H. Wylde, the first Keeper of Ceramics and first member of V&A staff to visit East Asia, acquired architectural fittings and fragments from China.

Descriptive line

Ridge tile, in the form of a pack-horse, lead-glazed earthenware, China, Ming dynasty

Production Note

from label


Earthenware; Lead glaze



Subjects depicted

Horse; Subject; 白馬馱經


Ceramics; Earthenware


East Asia Collection

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