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Heart shaped roof-end Tile with Lotus Design
YGM-Z39
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Like a semicirclular roof-end tile, the heart shaped roof-end tile is a rare tile which was made and used only in Goguryeo. One side of the roof-end tile shows a honeysuckle reflecting an image of the side of a flower bud. lt is an artistic work that shows the characteristics of roof-end tiles of Goguryeo.

History of the Object
This tile has been collected by Ito Shobei from an antique store in the Pyeongyang region in the 1910s. This kind of roof-end tile has only been found dating from the Goguryeo period and has exclusively been excavated in the Pyeongyang area.

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Earthenware 
Measurements
Diameter 14.5 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Pyeongyang city, Pyeongannam-do Province, North Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
BCE 1st century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
BCE; 1st Century BCE - 7th Century AD; Goguryeo(BC 37 - 668 AD) 
Function
Building materials (Roof Tile) 
Acquisition
In 1964, Isao Iuchi obtained the collection of Ito Shobei, which had been gathered since the 1910s. Composed of Korean roof- end tiles, half of this collection was donated to the National Museum of Korea in 1987 and is currently exhibited in the Museum's Iuchi Isao Room at the Donations Gallery. The other half was utilized as research resource at the Iuchi Ancient Art Research Institute until 2005, when director Changjong Yu obtained it. Now it is preserved at YooGeum Musuem of Roof-end Tiles. 
Copyright
YooGeum Museum of Roof-end Tile 
Acknowledgements
Chang-jong Yoo (Roof-end Tile in East Asia), Seoul: Misul Munhwa, 2009. YooGeum Museum of Roof-end Tile,(Korean Roof-end Tile Collection: 100 Years, 100 Highlights), Seoul: YooGeum Museum of Roof-end Tile, 2008. 
Owner
YooGeum Museum of Roof-end Tile 
Museum
Yoo Geum Museum of Roof-end Tiles 
Credit line
YooGeum Museum of Roof-end Tile 

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