medieval tile decorated with Centaur
Late medieval, fiftheenth century, tile decorated with a Centaur using his arrow and bow. (half man, half horse from Greek mythology). Typical decoration of the department of Aisne in the north of france. This area has lots of good yellow and red clay to make tiles. This type of tile with a horseman was used -among other places- in the Abbey of Prémontrés and Eglise d'Etampes, both from the order of St. Augustine . Fine examples of similar tiles from this area can be seen on the internet by searching Carreau and L'église de La Chapelle-Monthodon. A book on tiles from Aisne department can be found online, "Etude sur le pavage emaille dans le department de L'aisne" by Edouard Fleury published in 1855. Mail me for a link to the book online. Provenance of these tiles is a French private collection. All tiles have been thoroughly cleaned by the previous owner and have the same signs to the back which I cannot identify. This tile is not in good condition, uneven surface with traces of salt. the subject is not clearly visible.
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