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Set consisting of a basin (spittoon) with decoration of blue “commas” on a white background, honey-colored pitcher and combination of plate and bowl glazed in white. These ceramic productions located in the Patio de la Sima of the Castle of Alcalá de Guadaíra mark the transition from the Middle Ages to the Modern Age, and link with the last phase of settlement of the castle with the urban expansion of Alcalá outside the walls of the primitive enclosure of the Castle at the end of the XV century and the beginning of the XVI century. Medieval tiles. It is a set of tiles found in the archaeological excavations carried out in the Castle of Alcalá de Guadaíra in 1999. They are dated to the first third of the 16th century, of Sevillian style, more specifically from the workshop of Niculoso Pisano, made by the arista process and decorated with polychrome motifs. They would be part of an access plinth to the domestic area located in the same period in the Patio de la Sima. In contrast to the usual image we have of the fortified enclosure of Alcalá, with an appearance as arid as it is monumental, this ceramic ensemble evokes that of a habitable and inhabited place, even with a certain taste for ornamentation, in what may have been its period of greatest splendor.