Detail from the famous Spring Fresco from ancient Thera.
Minoan Spring Fresco tile (medium)
- Length: 35cm Height: 24cm
The original, dating ca 1550-1500 BC was found in Thera/Santorini, and decorated three entire walls of a ground floor room. The scene depicts spectacular rocks from which lilies grow, the whole composition enlivened by darting swallows.
These swallows, together with the nodding lilies gives the impression of a breeze. The association of swallows with lilies and crocus was common in Theran art, celebrating the reawakening of nature in the spring.
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.