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Villeroy and Boch

Jugendstil Tile of Medusa by Villeroy and Boch Dresden

$ 225.00
Rare tile from Villeroy and Boch in Dresden c.1900 of Medusa. It's covered in a beautiful green glaze that pools and darkens in the recesses. Measures 6" square and 3/8" thick. Marked on the back.

When I acquired this tile it was covered in a dark, dirty varnish. It was probably used as an accent in a piece of furniture. Meticulous cleaning revealed a virtually pristine surface. The varnish protected the tile for over 100 years.

In Greek mythology Medusa vowed to be celibate her entire life as a priestess of Athena. Then she fell in love with Poseidon. She went against her vow and married him.

For this Athena punished her hideously. She turned Medusa into an ugly creature by making her eyes bloodshot and raging and her face haglike. The once lovely hair was morphed into poisonous, dangerous snakes. Her pure white milky skin turned a scary green hue. From then on she roamed, shamed, shunned and loathed by everyone.

Thence, by Athena’s curse anyone she looked upon turned to stone.

Be honest, who among us has never felt like snakes were coming out of our head in these times?

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