Stove Tile with Saint John the Evangelist and Samson

Buda Castle Workshop

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This corner tile is from the decorative outer cladding of a closed wood-burning stove in the Augustinian abbey at Waldhausen in southern Austria. The abbey was dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist, who appears on the central heraldic shield. Samson, shown struggling with the lion, appears tucked behind the shield to either side. The stove may have been donated by Matthias Corvinus (1443–1490), King of Hungary, who also ruled Austria from 1480.

Stove Tile with Saint John the Evangelist and Samson, Buda Castle Workshop, Earthenware, lead glaze, Hungarian

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