- Museum number
Tile; grey earthenware; with the chi-rho monogram in relief under a rounded arch between two columns, enclosing scallop design at top; to the left, three imperfect letters of an inscription which continues to right; also alpha and omega.
- Production date
- 5thC-6thC (?)
Height: 12.75 inches
- Curator's comments
Possibly from villa at Cortijo de la Vizcondesa where many similar tiles have been found and probably made in a workshop close to the nearby town of Ronda; these tiles are not just sepulchral, as Dalton thought, but were also set in rows in wooden frames on walls and ceilings and possibly painted; there are various designs of such tiles, which are found mainly in the region of the Guadalquivir valley; see Schlunk and Hauschild "Hispania Antiqua", pp 58-9.
Thermoluminescence analysis undertaken by Oxford Authentication Ltd in October 2010 indicated that the date of last firing was between 1200 and 1900 years ago, which is consistent with the conventional period of manufacture.
- On display (G41/s7)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number