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 not 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.

The Room of the Minoan Spring Fresco from Thera Santorini

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 aging 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: 35cm Height: 24cm

Minoan Spring Fresco tile (medium)

  • Code: MM-88
  • Status: In Stock
  • £80.00

  • excl tax: £66.67