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A Panel of Hexagonal and Square Floor Tiles

c. 1420-1450
Artist/maker unknown, Spanish

This group of tiles comes from a chapel in the convent of Santo Domingo, Valencia, converted from the former cell of Saint Vincent Ferrer (around 1350–1419), one of the city’s most famous religious figures. The conversion of the monastic cell into a richly embellished chapel took place around 1420–50, financed by the Hermandad de los Caballeros de la Celda (Brotherhood of the Knights of the Cell).

These floor tiles formed part of the renovation, and the composition of hexagonal tiles around squares was typical of the region—the tiles were surely made in Manises, the area’s leading pottery center. The tiles were removed from the chapel in the 1800s for a further renovation project. Fitting their pious function, the hexagonal tiles bear four different inscriptions: ab sana pensa (with right thought), ab saviesa (with knowledge), ab diligencia (with diligence), and bon regiment (a well-ordered life).

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