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Roof-end Tile with Wave Design
YGM-Z439
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The roof-end tile with wave design is decorated with a distinctive pattern where four vanes revolve counterclockwise around a small ovary. This kind of roofing tiles was only found at the sites of Baekje. This tile makes one think about the meaning and the origin of its pattern. It could have come from the roof-end tile with the wavering lotus design of Goguryeo, from the roof- end tile with the lotus and honeysuckle design of the Southern Dynasties of China, or from the character 卍 which symbolizes BuddhismBuddhism.

History of the Object
This type of roof-end tile is rare. Discoveries are limited to the Baekje territory including the (presumed) palace site of Gongsanseong, Sanseong-dong, Gongju City, the Buso mountain fortress, Buyeo-eup, Buyeo-gun and further Yongjeong-ri, Gyuam-myeon, Buyeo-gun and the Jeseok temple site, Wanggung-myeon, Iksan City.

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Earthenware 
Measurements
Diameter 15.8 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Yongjeong-ri, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do province, Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
BCE 1st century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
BCE; 1st Century BCE - 7th Century AD; Baekje(BC 18 - 660 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 the YooGeum Museum 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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