A Time of Gifts 2019
  • Minoan fresco tile: saffron-gatherer (3)

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 north 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.

She is wearing a layered skirt rather like the Minoan snake goddesses wear. She is gazing at a seated figure (not shown) whom we assume was supervising the crocus-picking in her capacity as 'Mistress of the Animals' (Potnia Theron).

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.

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dimensions Height: 24cm Width: 20cm

Minoan fresco tile: saffron-gatherer (3)

  • Code: MM-308
  • Status: In Stock
  • £60.00

  • excl tax: £50.00