A detail from the fresco of the crocus/saffron pickers found on Thera/Santorini, dating to ca 1550BC. The original fresco was excavated in Xeste 3 in Akrotiri. It was on the first floor on the east wall.

The main theme was the gathering of crocus. The women engaged in this task wear a diversity of Minoan costumes and jewellery: earrings, necklaces (often more than one), bracelets and anklets in gold, precious stones and rock crystals. The landscape depicted is rocky and mountainous, scattered with clusters of crocus.

This woman, younger in appearance than her companion depicted in MM305, has an almost completely shorn head (shown as blue) and is presented in profile. She too is trying to pick crocus blooms with her two hands (both of which are depicted as right hands!), while gazing at her companion with a lively and impatient expression, as if anxious for reassurance that she is doing the job properly!

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: 24cm Width: 20cm

Minoan fresco tile: saffron-gatherer (2)

  • Code: MM-307
  • Status: In Stock
  • £60.00

  • excl tax: £50.00