The Naxi Cats of Lijiang

The roof tops of Lijiang in Yunnan Province sprout to the sky at the gable ends, like many others in China. What makes them different is the feline ornamentation that keeps lookout from each ridge. Today they are moulded in a single uniform pose as tradition succumbs to monotone mass production. There is rare evidence of their originial ceramic casting and glazing and the occassional different pose.