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J. & J. G. Low

J & J G Low Art Tile Portrait of a Woman

$ 110.00
A tile by the J & J G Low Art Tile Works of Chelsea MA depicting a portrait of a woman rendered in high relief under a rose colored glaze. She is wearing a crown of laurel leaves. It measures 4 3/8" square and 3/8" thick. The back is blackened and has the impressed marked for the factory and the copyright date of 1881. The condition is very good with only a small flake on the bottom edge.

The symbol of the laurel wreath traces back to Greek mythology. Apollo is represented wearing a laurel wreath on his head, and wreaths were awarded to victors, both in athletic competitions. This includes the ancient Olympics — for which they were made of wild olive tree known as "kotinos",

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