East Asia, China, Ming Dynasty, ca. 1368 to 1644 CE. A grey terra-cotta roof tile cap, mold-made to have a raised edge and an interior relief image with four distinct areas of Chinese characters.
The center of the tile has a raised dome-shaped bulb with twelve smaller hemispherical orbs encircling it, and the verso has a small recessed area for attaching to the end of a roofing pole
7" x 1"
Chinese Ming Dynasty Roof Tile