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西漢 “長樂未央”瓦當
Roof-Tile End with Auspicious Inscription

Period:
Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware
Dimensions:
Diam. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); Th. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.605.99
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

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