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Tile

Object Number: 
Z.720
Date: 
1640-1670
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 1/2 in. ( 13 x 13 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
White tin-glazed earthenware tile with painted blue and white decoration; red earthenware body with white glaze with pin pricks in upper and lower left and lower right corners; diamond-shaped frame with sawtooth border containing flower with two drooping buds (Snake's head) in center with fleur-de-lis corner designs. Some restoration and infill painting to tile.
Gallery Label: 
The flower depicted here is a snake's head, or "Fritillaria meleagris," which was brought to Europe at the end of the 16th century from Turkey.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group