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A Marunnuzza bedda

Street bricks Majolica
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Description by the artist

A Marunnuzza bedda (Sicilian for the beautiful Madonna ) is a round blue majolica artifact. The cobalt blue is essential as a compendiary painting for the ceramics walled in the external walls of the houses or inserted within aedicules and pillars in the Sicilian countryside. The image of Mary is the event in blue, the Perfection dear to traditional iconography.



Details and dimensions

Materials: Majolica
Dimensions (cm): Width 32, Depth 32
Weight (kg): 2
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Mattunazza (Sicilian for street brick ) are devotional bricks that we often find in the alleys and behind the doors that close the Sicilian houses, especially in the countryside, as a blessing. It was customary when building a house to put one of these mattunazza outside, before living in it.

(photo) Two Sicilian carts, early 1900

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