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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.
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber , New York (until 1994; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

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