Show-case 2: Gothic

In 1525, the castle of Eisenberg was conquered by rebelling peasants. Fragments of glazed faience from destroyed gothic tile stoves from earthenware have been found in the kennel and in the outwork. 

 

- Glazed tile: „Pelican“ 

According to a fable it is told that after a period of dryness the young pelicans were about to die parched with thirst. Thereupon the old pelican wounds his own breast feeding the young pelicans with his own blood. Doing so, he saved the life of his children. Thus, the pelican became the symbol of Christ and later of the Holy Virgin Maria.

 

- Tile in relief:  „Knight in tilting armour“ 

Representation of a knight on a juster in tilting armour. It was the privilege of aristocrats to wear crakows in these times.

- Glazed tile with niche: „Gothic window“ 

Representation of an oriel with three windows with bull’s eye panes roofed by a cross vault. Glazed niche tiles in relief enlarge the stove‘s surface, and so the stoves reflect more heat.

- Glazed tile: „Angel with arms“ 

Representation of an angel with curly hair, carrying an unadorned shield. The upper rim of this tile is moulded like a roof; the tile was inserted on the top of a tile stove.