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Description by the artist
20 favor bags for confetti (jordan almonds). The confetti typical of Sicilian weddings and a tradition of its kind but adaptable to any event. Composed of a cotton favor bag for confetti that represents the Moor’s Heads and with the interior finished in jute. The bags available to the guests that can fill with the confetti, recall the fantasy of the main bag and embellished with yellow and green picots and closed by a peculiar rope thread, and have a size in cm’s of 13×9.
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
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 wedding, 1950