The iconic fresco of the Boy with Fish, from Santorini.
Minoan Fisher Boy fresco tile (medium)
- Height: 32cm Width: 19cm Depth: 1.7cm
His blue head denotes partial shaving, thought to portray youth, and his nudity suggests he was performing a special ritual. It is likely, therefore, that this boy was a special person associated with religious ceremony, perhaps. The original, found in Akrotiri on Thera/Santorini dates to ca 1550-1500 BC.
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.