Cuntu nicu

Wooden panels and ceramics Clay and glazes
Single artwork


Description by the artist

Cuntu nicu (Sicilian for Short tale) is the title of this artwork. I always look for materials to bring back to new…life! This is the case of the wooden panel recovered from the table of trispiti  sicilian for trestle… that goes well with the stoneware plates decorated with knights and mare that recall the Opera of the puppets, combined with the unmistakable geometric decorations made in Sicily.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Clay and glazes
Dimensions (cm): Height 28, Width 28, Depth 28
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Opera of the Puppets has made the joy of the people since 1700, when the puppeteer and his traveling theater were expected in the squares of the villages of Sicily. It narrates the deeds of the paladins  Charlemagne. The main characters are Orlando, Rinaldo and the beautiful Angelica. To the cry of “Death to the Saracens” the paladins fight the Moors. To this day it remains a really exciting and fun moment to watch the exploits of these wooden puppets to which the puppeteers give life and character by acting and, at the same time, moving them from behind the scenes, while often a piano is the soundtrack to the whole thing. It should be noted that when the puppet theater withdrew from a village, the elders continued to tell the exploits of the paladins, sometimes even adding more to the story, around the conca (brazier for heating) or in the square, with friends and relatives.

(photo) Two Sicilians sat next to the “conca”, the heating of the past with the wooden oven for the bread making behind.

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