Horsemen painted in the style as on this tile, have always been identified as 'Saracens'. During the middle ages the word 'Saracen' was used to identify opponents of Christianity, which were at the time mainly Muslims. The word was common up to the 19th century, but as it was an ethnic and religious marker with a negative connotation it slowly but surely became obsolete.
So during the time this tile was made, around 1640, the horseman on this tile was the enemy. He was most likely a fighter from the north of Africa. The tile is decorated with 'ox-head' corner motifs and is in a good and pure condition. It has reached a too high temperature in the kiln, which has led to a slightly faded scene, mainly on the right side.
|Inventory number||ATS 1758|
|Size (approximately)||5.1" by 5.1" or 13 by 13 cm|
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