Ceiling Tile with Fish


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307

It was fashionable in Valencia to lay large tiles with bold designs across the rafters. The tiles were shaped in molds, covered with white slip, and then painted with manganese and iron oxides, yielding a black and a red color. The tiles were fired only once, hence their name socarrats, meaning scorched.

Ceiling Tile with Fish, Earthenware with slip decoration and paint, Spanish

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