Tile from La Fortaleza

Description
This tile is from La Fortaleza, a military and government complex in San Juan built to defend the city from naval attacks. Construction began in 1533 and was finished in 1540. This tile resembles the Spanish ceramic style of Talavera, a tile factory established in the 16th century near the city of Toledo, Spain. The tiles produced in Spain became widely used and copied throughout the Spanish colonies.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tile
Date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12.9 cm x 13.4 cm; 5 1/16 in x 5 1/4 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
1997.0097.0142
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.0142
subject
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Architecture
Vidal
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Cerámica de La Fortaleza
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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