Twin dolphins swimming together.
Minoan Flotilla Frieze fresco tile : dolphins detail
- Length: 16cm Height: 12cm
The Flotilla Fresco excavated at Akrotiri on Thera, Santorini, is almost 4 metres long, and 44cm high. It depicts a flotilla of 7 large ships, six canoes, and one rowing boat. On close inspection, you can see a town on the shore, with a hill rising behind it. A pair of ibex run through the trees, chased by a lion, and dolphins abound. It dates to ca 1600 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.