The image on this tile is inspired by the designs painted on Attic black-figure Panathenaic amphorae of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C, which often depicted athletes in action. For example, this Panathenaic amphora (see image below) dating to ca 530-520 B.C., now in the British Museum, shows four athletes engaged in the pentathlon, a five-event competition, comprising the long jump, discus, javelin, short foot race, and wrestling.
black-figure ceramic tile - discus-thrower
- Height: 24cm Width: 12cm Depth: 1.5cm
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.