The image on this tile is inspired by a black-figure Panathenaic prize amphora, dating to ca 410-400 B.C., discovered at Taucheria in Cyrenaica (modern day Libya), and now in the British Museum (see image below).

These amphorae would have been filled with olive oil and given to the victors at the Panathenaia, a yearly festival held in honour of the patron goddess of the city, Athena. The winner of the popular four-horse chariot race depicted here was awarded 140 such amphorae, an exceptionally lavish prize, testament to the esteem in which this particular sport was held.

The artist has deftly conveyed the dynamism and spirit of a climactic part of the race; the charioteer’s garment and hair fly back as the chariot rushes through the air and the horses rear up, their heads bobbing, their tails streaming, as they hurtle towards the finishing post.

This tile is produced and hand-painted for us in Greece. There may be a slight variation in colour from piece to piece. In order to make them look as close to the original as possible, many of the tiles have a 'craquelure' effect, to replicate the fine pattern of "cracking" formed on the surface of paintings, caused by the ageing of paints and pigments.

Should you wish to put these tiles in a bathroom or garden, we recommend that you apply a coat of transparent PVA sealant to protect them from rain and frost. They are supplied ready to hang, with a sturdy, embedded metal strip or, if preferred, they can be incorporated as features within a tiled wall.

dimensions etc Length: 44cm Height: 29cm Depth: 1.5cm

black-figure ceramic tile - chariot race

  • Code: KR-43
  • Status: In Stock
  • £150.00

  • excl tax: £125.00