panel 01


The colours of the tiles used in these mosaics are particularly associated with Frigiliana. The Araba or Granadine ivory white of the background, the black used to sketch out the elements of the design, and most notably the various glazes in green and brown, but ranging from a dark honey colour to a pale, straw yellow. In total only four colours are employed, thus following  the traditional techniques  of the Moriscos of Bentomiz in their domestic and artisan ceramics.

These four colours predominate in all of the items discovered and in the fragments which are still being found out in the country in the area of the rout, whilst it is rare to encounter the bluish enamel, so typical of Málagan pottery, and even more unusual to come across the use of red. When these colours are encountered they are always the result of items being imported to the area. We can assume that the use of these typical Axarquian colours reflect the minerals available in the territory, or at least, readily available from neighbouring areas.

According to Don Luis Mármol Carvajal, the Moriscos referred to their flag as “Sanjaque” and it appeared on many occasions, especially where the Morisco, Francisco de Roxas ( or Rojas) played a leading role in the plaza of Canillas de Aceituno. Writing of this occasion, the chronicler observes that, “Hardly had the people begun to gather when there appeared in the plaza a flag of coloured taffeta, much faded by age, decorated with several large green moons, and afterwards it became known that it had been kept safely by Francisco de Roxas a local Morisco who in the past had been a Moro, and who had carried the flag in the wars of the Serranía de Ronda.”


ico audio signo guia


panel 01


Pin It