Bai Hu: One of the Four Symbols in Ancient China, God of West

Bai Hu | White Tiger

Baihu, one of the four spiritual creatures in ancient Chinese mythology, representing the west, metal, and autumn. Later revered by Taoism, along with Qinglong, Zhu Que, and Xuanwu, collectively known as the Four Symbols

According to the '晉中興徵祥說,'

'When a ruler is benevolent and does not harm others, the White Tiger appears. The White Tiger is a benevolent beast. It is a white tiger with a snowy white body, devoid of mixed fur, and its roar stirs up the wind. In ancient times, when Duke of Zhou was pacifying the states in Shaanxi, the White Tiger responded.

Taoist White Tiger Pattern Roof Tile

Han Dynasty, with a diameter of 19.3 centimeters. The White Tiger is the deity in charge of the west and, along with the Azure Dragon, Vermilion Bird, and Black Tortoise, collectively forms the Four Symbols (also known as the Four Spirits). This roof tile has a relatively wide outline, with the White Tiger depicted in an arc shape based on the circular tile, exuding a powerful and dynamic presence, highlighting the majestic aura of the tiger. The overall design is symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing. Roof tiles are the topmost part of cylindrical tiles used in ancient Chinese architecture. They serve to shield the eaves and prevent tiles from slipping down, hence the name "tile head," implying obstruction and coverage. Roof tiles not only serve practical purposes but also have decorative functions. In ancient times, various animals, plants, patterns, and inscriptions were commonly used to adorn the surface of roof tiles."