This late 18th century Delft tile might depict one of the first games of a typical Frisian sport known as 'Fierljeppen'. The sport is believed to have originated with farmers who used poles to leap over small water drainage channels to access different plots of land. Over time it turned into a competition with the first official match in 1771 but the sport was not properly structured until 1957. As the tile dates from the end of the 18th century, it is very well possible that it is related to the first official games during that time period. This is plausible as the second figure on the tile seems to be holding a bar which was used to measure the jumped distance.
The tile is decorated with 'spider' corner motifs and in a very good condition.
|Inventory number||ATS 1172|
|Size (approximately)||5.1" by 5.1" or 13 by 13 cm|
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