This is a detail from the Papyrus Fresco in the House of the Ladies in Thera/Santorini. Papyrus was probably not indigenous to Thera, though it might have grown in Crete. Even there, it could not have been a common plant. The stylised flower suggests that the iconographical form was derived from Egypt. The original dates to ca 1550-1500BC.

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. 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.

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: 16cm Width: 12cm

Minoan fresco tile with papyrus lilies

  • Code: MM-91
  • Status: In Stock
  • £30.00

  • excl tax: £25.00