Babbaluci iancu con lava
Description by the artist
Babbaluci (Sicilian for snails) is inspired by the Palermo tradition of ‘u fistinu’ (sicilian for feast) of S. Rosalia, the patron saint. . Tradition has it that on that night babbaluci are eaten. My jewels are handmade and speak of land and roots, of sky and sea. They narrate my Sicily, its colors, its history, its strong contradictions. I was inspired by the prickly pear and its plots that bind us, harness us and that, magically, make us freer to dream. 925 bleached silver; 8mm lava stone sphere.
Sizes: 10 to 16 mm.
Finger size on request.
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The prickly pears (which inspired Roberto) are one of the great symbols of Sicily. They grow everywhere: on the sides of cliffs, in gardens, on the roofs of abandoned houses, on the sides of roads … Its fruit (ripe by the end of August) is delicious and much loved by Sicilians who also make rosoli and mostarda, a sweet typically prepared in jars, with the addition of carnations, cinnamon and almonds. Gelo is also very appreciated, a sort of gelatinous cream. Prickly pears were imported by Arabs during their domination (IX-XI century).
(photo) Catania surrounded by red lava on the left, Acireale on the right, XVII century