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Roof-end Tile with Lotus Design
YGM-Z432
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The rafter roof-end tile is affixed to a round rafter which supports the eaves from below. It was used to prevent corrosion of the rafter and to beautifully decorate the building exterior. The original shape is so maintained. The tile has an opening in the center through which it could be connected to a convex roofing tile by a nail. When this tile was discovered, it had a steel nail still driven through it. It seems that rafter roof- end tiles have been used since the Three Kingdoms period and they were especially popular in BaekjeBaekje. Recently, rafter roof-end tiles from the Northern and Southern Dynasties Period in China have been discovered and as such, they have become a valuable resource for tracing cultural exchange in ancient East Asia including the origin and development of Baekje's roof-end tiles with lotus design.

History of the Object
This type of rafter roof-end tile is usually found in the Geumgangsa temple site of Geumgok-ri, Eunsan-myeon, Buyeo-gun and has also been discovered in Dongnam-ri, Yongjeong-ri, which belong to the Baekje territory. This fact supports the idea that this type of roof-end tile flourished in Baekje.

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Earthenware 
Measurements
Diameter 11.7 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Geumgangsa temple site, 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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