The tile has many meanings. It was a symbol of private property, and no tiles were fitted on the communal huts of the shepherds. When someone was born, on leaving the house during the next few days, the woman wore a tile on her head, and when someone died, a tile was lifted from the roof /1/. The dead were buried near the house, almost beneath the tiled roof /2/ until the arrival of Christianity, when, between the thirteenth and the nineteenth centuries, they were instead buried inside the church. The women took a flame there, taken from the fireplace in the house, in the argizaiola.
/1/ REMENTERIA, D. 2005. Elementu sinbolikoa euskal kultura tradizionalean. Euskonews, 293. Eusko Ikaskuntza – Sociedad de Estudios Vascos.
/2/ PEÑA SANTIAGO, L. 1991. La argizaiola vasca. Creencias, ritos, leyendas y tradiciones populares. Ed. Txertoa. 2º edición
/Picture 5/ PEÑA SANTIAGO, L. 1991. La argizaiola vasca. Creencias, ritos, leyendas y tradiciones populares. Ed. Txertoa. 2º edición
/Picture 6/ José Roldan Bidaburu .1924. Red Digital de Colecciones de Museos de España. Salazar (Ochagavia).-Navarra / Al salir de la iglesia(sic)
An effect similar to the light of a candle has been sought. There were three prototypes, one in brass, another in copper and the third in steel. The metal plates have been cut with laser and welded. The welding of these materials means that the process requires a great deal of dedication and skill. Hidden in the frame, there is a low power incandescent bulb or LED system.
Steel with brass plating
Galda Beitia, Azkoitia
Cromo Nikel Loal, Bilbao
Arbizu Forja-lan Artistikoa, Etxauri
Jose Maria Otermin
170 x 250 x 40 mm