Tile from La Fortaleza


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.

Date Made: 18th century

Description (Spanish): Esta loseta proviene de La Fortaleza, un complejo militar y gubernamental de San Juan, edificado para defender a la ciudad de ataques navales, cuya construcción comenzó en 1533 y concluyó en 1540. El estilo de esta pieza se asemeja al español propio de Talavera, una fábrica de cerámica establecida en el siglo XVI cerca de la ciudad de Toledo, España. La cerámica que se fabricaba en España se utilizó y reprodujo ampliamente a la largo de las colonias españolas.Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Puerto Rico

Subject: Puerto Rico, Architecture

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ethnic, Cultures & Communities, Vidal


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Credit Line: Gift of Teodoro Vidal

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0097.0142Accession Number: 1997.0097Catalog Number: 1997.0097.0142

Object Name: tile

Physical Description: ceramic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12.9 cm x 13.4 cm; 5 1/16 in x 5 1/4 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-3539-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_601020

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