A mora sicula

Single artwork


Description by the artist

The decoration technique is very ancient, and the historical towns where it was born are Caltagirone, Sciacca and Santo Stefano di Camastra. When I decorate I am inspired to enhance the beauty of the bisque itself by getting it through aging and decorating only the face the final effect that you get and  I think it is harmonious and elegant. After being decorated it is baked at 950 °c and finally aged with a personal technique that characterizes most of my artworks.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Clay
Dimensions (cm): Height 40, Width 28, Depth 28
Weight (kg): 4
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Moor’s Heads are a classic representation of artistic Sicily. The Moors bring us back to the Arab domination in Sicily (IX-XI century). The Muslim period lasted almost two centuries but it is the one that has left the biggest imprint, probably, in the rich history of Sicily. Not so much in the monuments (very few) but in the daily life, in the etymology of many words, in the dialect, in the uses and customs. Moors are typical figures which come into play very often in Sicilian culture as for example in the Opera the Puppets or in the legend of the Moor’s heads. They tell of a legend in which a beautiful Sicilian fell in love with an Arab at the time that they reigned in Sicily (IX-XI century), being betrayed by the Moor, she beheaded him in his sleep and hung his head, as if it were a vase, on the balcony, also adorning it with a fragrant basil plant that aroused the admiration of unsuspecting  bystanders. In a certain sense, the Arabs have never left Sicily.

(photo) Sicilian woman, cc 1900

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