Featured Religious Tiles

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by Marote, Feb 12, 2024.

  1. Marote

    Marote Well-Known Member

    Any idea where this might have been made?

    IMG_4825.JPG IMG_4826.JPG IMG_4827.JPG IMG_4828.JPG
    This seems to be showing St Anthony, with Jesus and the Lilies, but the complete meaning of this tile is a mystery to me.
    EXO OTO 1798? OTO as in Ordo Templi Orientis?
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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I doubt it. In spite of the spelling it looks more like a Roman Catholic Ex Voto to me, a votive offering. In this case because of an illness, and presumably the patient was cured.
    St Anthony of Padua is seen in a vision, hovering over the patients bed. And baby Jesus seems to have given the patient his sacred heart. If that doesn't cure you, nothing will.:playful: A very Roman Catholic scene.
    Imo the date 1798 is when this miracle occured, not when the plaque was made.

    Looking at the dress of the woman who is praying on the lower left, I think the origin is Alpine, probably South Tyrole.
    I tweaked that area a bit:

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  3. Marote

    Marote Well-Known Member

    It's a woman! I kept thinking it was a priest! :rolleyes: Ex Voto is indeed more fitting for this scene.
    Is it possible to date this by the style and/or material?
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  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is possible to date it by the hardware, the hanging thingie at the back and the way it is attached.
    I am not good at dating those, but I think @Debora may be.
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  5. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Sorry, can't help. And had to look up meaning of grapes and wheat on the first tile. An emblem of the Eucharist.

  6. Marote

    Marote Well-Known Member

    Nooooooooooooo :arghh:
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  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Here was I thinking you knew everything.:playful: Well, nearly everything is more than good enough.:happy:

    Maybe @verybrad can date the hardware on the back?:)
  8. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    You see those flat hanging rings from the very late 19th century, well on into the 20th. Can't tell from the picture how it is attached. I am also having trouble telling what it is made of. Almost looks like lacquered syroco. Is it a clay tile?
  9. Marote

    Marote Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure what it is... If you tap on it, it does sound like a clay tile. But, as I mentioned in another thread, me and recognizing materials isn't a great combo.
    Here's a close up of the hanging ring (with a brass nail)

    And some close ups of the tile
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