A detail from the The Flotilla Fresco from Akrotiri on Thera, which depicts fourteen seafaring vessels, surrounded by dolphins. The original was excavated at Akrotiri on Thera/Santorini and dates to the 16th century BC.

Throughout antiquity, the dolphin was closely associated with Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty and Poseidon, god of the sea. The dolphin is frequently represented in Minoan and ancient Greek art as gentle and intelligent creature: a mammal which lives in the sea and therefore connects the human world with the elemental world of nature.

In order to make it look as close to the original as possible, the tile has 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.

Should you wish to put it in a bathroom or garden, we recommend that you apply a coat of transparent PVA sealant to protect it from rain and frost. The tile is supplied ready to hang, with a sturdy, embedded metal strip or, if preferred, it can be incorporated as a feature within a tiled wall.

Made for us in Greece, our collection of ceramic wall-tiles are painted by hand, so there may be a slight variation in colour from piece to piece. 

dimensions etc Length: 16cm Height: 12cm

Minoan Flotilla Frieze fresco tile : dolphins detail

  • Code: MM-094
  • Status: In Stock
  • £30.00

  • excl tax: £25.00