Lintels

of Tinos

Lintels (skylights or fotothyrides) are very common elements in the traditional Tinian buildings. Placed over the doors and windows and, beyond their functional role to improve the lighting and ventilation of the house, are representative of the high level of folk art of the island.

Made of marble, are usually semicircular and their motifs vary. Fish, birds, boats, sailboats, flowers are some of the most common motifs. The insignia on doorways of the houses of Venetian officials and other wealthy families, were indicative elements of power and prestige.

Depending on their age, they show elements of the Byzantine or Venetian style, from which modern marble craftsmen were influenced.

Lintels are pretty much connected to the popular belief which considers the entrance being the most vulnerable spot of the house, to demons and bad spirits. Thus their owners, early on wanted to ensure the favor, taking permanent protection measures

 

 

 

 

4 comments on “Lintels”

  1. Love this photograph my friend especially the tree framing the left side :D <3


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