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Tile

Tile

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    13th century-14th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, with relief decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Bought from Mrs. E. Edkins

  • Museum number:

    1129-1892

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 1, shelf 8, box 3

This floor tile carries decoration in relief in the form of a stag's head set within a shield. The use of relief decoration is relatively scarce on English medieval tiles, the technique only being practised by a small number of workshops. This example comes from Lilleshall Abbey in Shropshire, though its precise place of manufacture is not known.

Physical description

Red earthenware tile impressed in reverse relief with the image of an antlered stag's head within a shield. The whole covered with an iron-rich glaze which is worn off at the high points of the relief design.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

13th century-14th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, with relief decoration

Dimensions

Height: 11.8 cm, Width: 11.8 cm, Depth: 2.8 cm, Weight: 0.600 kg

Object history note

From Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire. Formerly Edkins Collection.

Historical context note

The arms depicted on this tile have not been identified. A similiar coat of arms: or, stag's head sable are impaled with those of the Tyrell family of Thornton Hall, Bucks/Northants. This is being investigated.
This tile is not the product of a known workshop or school of manufacture.

Descriptive line

Red earthenware tile impressed in reverse relief with the image of an antlered stag's head within a shield. The whole covered with an iron-rich glaze which is worn off at the high points of the relief design. From Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire, English, 13th or 14th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Eames, Elizabeth. Catalogue of Medieval Lead-glazed earthenware tiles in the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities. London: British Museum, 1980.

Production Note

From Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire.

Materials

Earthenware

Subjects depicted

Stag

Categories

Earthenware; Tiles; Floor coverings; Ceramics

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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