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17th century Portuguese Tiles Camellia fan
Detail of glazed tiles panel from 17th century usually called Camellia.
Portuguese tiles are one of the strongest expressions of Culture in Portugal and one of the most original contributions of portuguese to the Universal Culture.
Usually seen in Glazed Tiles of 17th century, this thematic was named as Camélia by Santos Simões. Camélia name has its origin on Jesuit priest Camelli, and it is known as the rose of China or the rose of Japan. In fact, it has eastern genesis and the main source of inspiration is peony, which its flower was represented around Europe, during 16th century, through Chinese porcelain.
Camélia presence on portuguese glazed tile is a result of a misunderstanding between this flower and a rose. For this reason, this was seen not only as a decorative elements but also as a symbolic image. When the rose appeared on religious places dedicated to Our Lady, the roses represented purity and virginity. For instance, those glazed tiles existed in the Old Convent of Our Lady of Hope. (in Museu do Azulejo)
Characteristics: Polished pear wood artificial silk printing; open 43 x 23 cm; 24 rods; pvc pouch.
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