I ficurinia

Tapestries Cotton with acrylics
Single artwork


Description by the artist

The inspiration to paint this Sicilian fruit, the ficurinia (Sicilian for prickly pear), comes from seeing it almost like a sculpture with intense yellow flowers and orange-yellow fruits. Sicily is for me that fertile land where prickly pears, wild and spontaneous plants, have found their “home”.

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Dimensions (cm): Height 156, Width 86
Weight (kg): 1
Handcrafted in Sicily

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The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

Prickly pears 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) Women and child next to a fountain, Castiglione di Sicilia, 1928

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