with oak leaf
Object: Floor tile
Culture: Medieval 13th-14th century
Area of Origin: Strata Florida Abbey, Wales. UK
Material: Clay, tin glaze.
Size: 100mm x 25mm deep
Weight: approx 800 grams
Notes: Tin glazed floor tile with oak leaf motif radiating
from a central cross. Two parallel incised lines run across the
corners with a trefoil clover leaf in each corner. This pattern
of tile was used in the Cisternian monastry but also were produced
for other use.
Described as: "The original 13th-14th century Cistertian floor
tile is one of two that I have decided to sell for the first time
since I aquired them about ten years ago from a house clearance
in South Wales. I found this one on the Monastic Floor Tiles internet
site for Strata Florida Abbey. It's called Oak leaf design (see
photo) I have read that these floor tiles were also used in other
parts of Wales and the West Midlands as per "The Medieval
Tiles Of Strata Florida" by Martin Crampin. The tile is
in excellent condition for its age and is 100% genuine as you can
clearly see in the photos. It should be in a museum."
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