Wall tile, England or France (Normandy)

Wall tile, England or France (Normandy)

Wall tile
England or France (Normandy)
About 1330
Lead-glazed earthenware, with carved slip decoration
Museum no. C.470-1927

Most decorative tiles in medieval England had stamped designs filled with clay of contrasting colour. Here, however, a more refined design was produced by covering red earthenware with a light-coloured slip, which was cut away and incised.

The tile, probably from a church at Tring, Hertfordshire, is based on manuscript illustrations. It shows Christ resurrecting three children who had died while playing with him and visiting a well, scenes from his childhood described in the apocryphal gospels.