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Ceiling Tile (socarrat) with a Boar
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Ceiling Tile (socarrat) with a Boar

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Description Tiles of this kind, known in Spanish as socarrats, were arranged facing down between ceiling crossbeams. This one, together with Walters 48.2106.2, 48.2106.8 and 48.2106.9, comes from a large residence in the southern Spanish city of Valencia. Little is known about the original use of the building, demolished around 1890: it probably belonged to a local aristocrat. The images of hounds and wild animals on its ceiling alluded to hunting, a favorite sport of the nobility.
  • The Medieval Craftsman and His Modern Counterpart. Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington; Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans. 1959.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Museum of Biblical Art, New York; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha. 2008-2009.
Provenance [House at 14 calle de Roteros (?)] Valencia; Sale, ca. 1890 (?); William R. Hearst, San Simeon, California, ca. 1930, by purchase; Hearst estate, 1951, by bequest [inv. 2597, lot s/b 569, no. 92]; Walters Art Museum, 1958, by purchase.
Credit Museum Purchase, 1958

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1396-1410 (Late Medieval)
earthenware with glaze and black paint
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H: 12 11/16 x W: 14 7/16 x D: 1 3/16 in. (32.2 x 36.6 x 3 cm)
  • Spain, Paterna (Place of Origin)
  • Spain, Valencia (Place of Discovery)
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