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Cupid Riding on a Dolphin

Price : £18.00

Cupid riding on a dolphin is the centerpiece of an impressive Roman mosaic found at Fishbourne Roman Palace. Set inside a classic braided guilloche border, cupid sits astride a dolphin clutching a rein in one hand and a trident in the other. There are a few theories regarding its interpretation. Dolphins are known to be friendly to humans so it could represent affection. It could be linked to Pliny’s story of the boy who was taken to school by a dolphin across the Bay of Naples. With its phallic overtones it could also be interpreted as something rather more erotic - the wild ride of love.

Fixing Points: Four holes: in each corner of the tile
Dimensions: 9.8cm x 9.8cm

Imperfect Tiles (2 available)

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Imperfect tiles are slightly below the high standards of our perfect tiles. These tiles are a great
way to add to your collection and saves 6 per tile against the price of perfect tiles.
An imperfect tile will have a small defect of some kind, such as a crack or surface blemish.
A crack will not be easy to spot from the front but is likely to be more obvious from the back.
You are welcome to contact us before purchasing an imperfect tile to ask about the defects.


Price : £12.00