The image on this tile is inspired by the designs painted on Attic black-figure Panathenaic amphorae of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C, which often depicted athletes in action. For example, this Panathenaic amphora (see image below) dating to ca 530-520 B.C., now in the British Museum, shows four athletes engaged in the pentathlon, a five-event competition, comprising the long jump, discus throw, javelin throw, short foot race, and wrestling.

black figure ceramic tile inspired by black figure Panathenaic amphora at the British Museum

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 discus thrower on our tile stands on his tip-toes, his body twisted round, his musculature clearly defined, ready to hurl the discus.

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 Height: 24cm Width: 12cm Depth: 1.5cm

black-figure ceramic tile - discus-thrower

  • Code: KR-07
  • Status: In Stock
  • £40.00

  • excl tax: £33.33