The image on this tile is inspired by a detail from an Attic black-figure kylix, dating to the early fifth century BC (see image below).

The chariot race was one of the most popular sporting events held at games all over Greece, including the Panathenaic Games at Athens, the Pythian Games at Delphi and the Olympic Games at Olympia. Victors in the chariot race received an exceptionally extravagant prize - 140 amphorae each filled with 40 litres of olive oil. 

black-figure ceramic tile charioteer original kylix

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: 24cm Height: 12cm

black-figure ceramic tile - charioteer

  • Code: KR-71
  • Status: In Stock
  • £40.00

  • excl tax: £33.33