The image on this tile is inspired by a detail from an Attic black-figure kylix, dating to the early fifth century BC.
The chariot race was one of the most popular sporting events held at games all over Greece, including the Panathenaic Games at Athens, the Pythian Games at Delphi and the Olympic Games at Olympia. Victors in the chariot race received an exceptionally extravagant prize - 140 amphorae each filled with 40 litres of olive oil.
black-figure ceramic tile - charioteer
- Length: 24cm Height: 12cm
They are all made in Greece in the workshop of the Lioulias family, with whom It's All Greek is proud to have been working since 2004.
The tiles are made of a resin compound. Many have a 'craquelure' effect, to replicate the fine pattern of 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, it would be wise to 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, in the case of the larger ones, two strips which can be connected with picture wire. They can also be incorporated as features within a tiled wall.