西漢 “長樂未央”瓦當 Roof-Tile End with Auspicious Inscription
Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9)
Diam. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); Th. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1994
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
The auspicious four-character inscription on this tile reads: “eternal happiness without end.”
Inscription: "Changle weiyang", (literally, "eternal felicity without end"), a common auspicious saying during the Western Han dynasty. Changle and Weiyang were also names of royal palaces in the Han period.