A 19th Century Roof Tile Drawing: Full Scale

$20.00 USD

ca. mid to late nineteenth century
25" x 10 3/4",  61 cm x 27.5 cm

This is an interesting, hand drawn ink drawing which comes from the atelier of a roof tile maker in Ise, Japan.

The drawing is done in diluted charcoal-based ink on paper, and the full-scale design is meant for a decorative element of a traditional tiled roof.  Cloud-like elements can often be seen on traditional Japanese tiled roofs and carved wooden eaves as they suggest vapor, "wetness" and rain, which, of course, are extremely important to homes in cities that are made of paper and wood.  Fire was a big problem in old Japan, and talismans were used to stave them off.

Note as well, on the paper, some smudges of the grey colored clay used in the making of roof tiles.

Just lovely.

A 19th Century Roof Tile Drawing: Full Scale