¤ Tile from Campbell Tile Company made in Stoke, England. Date: 1882-1890. Materials and Techniques: Earthenware, with inlaid decoration (encaustic) Encaustic tiles were a good medium for depicting religious symbols and played an important part in ecclesiastical decorative schemes. The symbols on this tile represent incidents from the Passion Cycle (the suffering and crucifixion of Christ).
the Pelican in her Piety -- as this common Christian emblem is known.According to a belief popularised by the Bestiary, the pelican wounded its own breast in order to nourish its chicks on its blood, it thus became a 'type' of Christ's sacrifice for humanity. Swiss, 1350s. c/o Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich