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Wonderful Old Majolica Tile of a Salamander ~ Unattributed
This 6” tile has a nice brown glossy surface made of raised areas making it look like mosaic work. The center design is in the shape of a salamander and is done in a lighter brown making it stand out from the darker background. Tile is in great shape with a few minor flakes to edge. For such a little fellow, he sure holds a lot of meanings, see below: Some prevalent symbolism of the salamander include: Energy,Courage,Renewal,Determination,Resurrection,Balance,Adaptation,Spirituality. In ancient alchemical illustrations where the salamander is depicted in flames. Alchemists held the salamander to be a fire-eater and able to quench fire with its cool, moist body. In the alchemical philosophy, anything that had the power to transform something into something else was hugely important. Furthermore, early Christianity held the salamander as a symbol of spiritual integrity, chastity, and righteousness. The sign of the salamander indicated true faith, and the ability to survive the "fire of temptation." Medieval and heraldic art depicted the salamander as a symbol for bravery. It was often painted in the background of heroic portraits to indicate the mark of courage.
IT IS RARE TO FIND VINTAGE MAJOLICA IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
Measures: 6 W
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Eileen and Russell Weiss, Grain Valley, MO
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