The original, dating ca 1550-1500BC was found in Thera/Santorini, and decorated three entire walls of a ground floor room (see below). The scene depicts spectacular rocks from which lilies grow, the whole composition enlivened by flying swallows. The picture is anything but static: the swallows and the bending stalks of the lilies gives the impression of a breeze. The association of swallows with lilies and crocus was common in Theran art, alluding to the reawakening of nature in the spring.

Room of the Minoan Spring Fresco from Thera Santorini

dimensions etc Height: 24cm Width: 12cm
material Ceramic. This tile has been painted by hand, so 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, in particular due to the ageing of paints and pigments.
country of origin Made in Greece.
care instructions Should you wish to put it in a bathroom or garden, you could apply a coat of transparent PVA sealant to protect it from absorbing moisture. It is supplied ready to hang, with a sturdy, embedded metal strip.

Minoan Spring Fresco tile with single swallow

  • Code: MM-206
  • Status: In Stock
  • £40.00

  • excl tax: £33.33

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Tags: spring, swallow, papyrus, fresco, Minoan,