Roof Tiles - Constellations

These are replicas of roof tiles at the Ancient Observatory in Beijing. They were often used through history, but these examples are from the Ming Dynasty. They depict the Azure Dragon, the Black Turtle, the Vermillion Bird, and the White Tiger. The Chinese Zodiac is as common a part of daily life and decoration as is the western Zodiac.
Last update: May 2007
© Marilyn Shea, 2007