Antique Dutch Blue and White Delft Tile With Dromedary 17th Century (1640-1660), Earthenware
Netherlands - mid 17th century
Dromedary with a peculiar (almost human) face on an antique tile, 1640 - 1660 approx.
Anthropomorphism (the attribution and display of human features to non-human beings) in tiles is represented until the mid-17th century. After that, it disappeared relatively quickly. Perhaps it has to do with the popularity of fables, such as those of Jean de la Fontaine. Mythical animals on tiles are also not frequent after the mid-17th century.
The dromedary is particularly well painted, in a soft blue with a thin purple line, which reinforces the animal's status.
The tile is intact, with slight signs of use. It has no cracks or restorations.
Height 0.4 in
Depth 5 in
Length 5 in