Burden, Laura

painted mosaic (ceramic) tile

painted mosaic (ceramic) tile

painted mosaic (ceramic) tile


A hand painted white mosaic (cermaic) tile that was painted by Teresa Summerskill and it was donated by Laura Burden. The cartoon illustration on the tile has a boy (left) wearing a hat with a flower and a bunad suit and a girl (right) wearing a hat with a ribbon and a bunad dress. Along the sides and top has painted lace-like patterning. The "bunad" era of fashion is traditional Norwegian fashion dating back from the 1700s, in which the main purpose of wearing it was to preserve the way people dressed for festive occasions in one particular era. It is a mix between traditional rural clothes and as well modern 20th-century folk costumes. The name "bunard" refers only to clothes designed in the early 20th century that are loosely based on traditional costumes. The colours have blues, browns, red, green, and golden-yellow tinges. On the back of the tile reads "General Tile - Mosaic - Made In U.S.A". Although not inscribing any brand name, it gives some idea of where it was made. For donor biography see description for 021.10.01.


Art objects, Art Object


Burden, Laura

Date of Object:

ca. 1930s - 1940s

Accession #:



14.8cm L X 14.8cm W

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