Frieze Tile

About this object

Cultural context

functional; decorative

Iconographic meaning

This is part of a frieze that would have run around the top of a stove. The date 1558 is inscribed over the two figures surrounded by decorative foliage.

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Physical description

Rectangular green earthenware frieze tile with incurving horizontal front and a ridge on bottom rim. On the front is a relief scene with two grotesques in centre facing outwards, with "1558" inscribed above, flanked by scrolled leaves and branches. Unglazed sides and back.