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Lot 0050A
Europe, Italy, ca. 15th century CE. A fascinating stone floor tile or possible wall decoration from a tomb inside a church, made of a round piece of marble. One side is carved into a high relief figure of a helmeted warrior, seemingly depicted at the moment of his death, with an arrow or other weapon through one eye. The face is weathered, with a thick beard and thick hair that dominate it. The other side of the disc-shaped tile is a mosaic of inlaid red, cream-colored, and slate-colored marble, forming a sunburst with "IHS", representing Christ, at its center. The tile has been put into a specially-made marble stand for display that is probably from the 19th century based upon the weathering to its surface. Size: 10.85" W x 14.75" H (27.6 cm x 37.5 cm); 16.1" H (40.9 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Missing part of one side as shown. Stand is probably 19th century. Mosaic has been repaired in approximately ten places, with repairs largely unobtrusive and some small lost areas as shown in the photographs. The carved warrior is in beautiful condition, with excellently preserved detail and some light deposits in the lower profile areas.

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15th C. Italian Church Floor Tile Mosaic w/ Warrior

Estimate $2,500 - $3,500Jul 19, 2018