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Roof Tile with Beast Design
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This roof tile with beast design expresses the Silla people's longing for a peaceful life, free from disease and evil spirits. The big fiery eyes, strong upturned nose, sharp incisors, and the horn on the forehead are frightening enough to dispel any evil spirits. This type of roof tile is commonly called "roof tile with goblin design" or "roof tile with dragon design" and was usually installed at the end of the roof ridge. Some have a hole so they can be nailed down, and some have a ring at the back so that they can be tied. This particular tile has a hole in the beast's forehead.

History of the Object
The tile was excavated from the Anapji Pond, which, according to Samguksagi(History of the Three Kingdoms), was an artificial pond built in 674 beside the Eastern Palace, the quarters of the Silla Crown Prince. Some tens of thousands of artifacts were found in the area including bowls, tools for daily use and a large number of roof tiles, which attest to the lives of the rich and powerful in the Unified Silla. The green glaze and the vigorous expression of the beast's face make this tile one of the finest works of its time.

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Earthenware 
Measurements
Height 28.2 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Anapji Pond, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do province, Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 8th century ~ AD 9th century 
Creation date
8th Century - 9th Century; Unified Silla 
Function
Roof tile 
Acquisition
Excavation 
Copyright
National Museum of Korea 
Acknowledgements
National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea Digital Museum 2.0, Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 2007 
Owner
National Museum of Korea 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Museum of Korea 

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