Home » The Museum » Sculpture and furnishings » Vases » I quattro picciriddi di Gangi

I quattro picciriddi di Gangi

Vases Ceramic
Single artwork


Description by the artist

In a night scenery, decorated with motifs that take up the traditional Sicilian cart,  a carousel of horses comes to life, with four children who, swayed by the movement of the carousel, look out of the vase, greeting those who observe them. Theatrical children who, as in a scene without a stage curtain, move in an infinite space without time. The moulded vase, once it goes through bisque firing,  it is glazed and painted, then goes through  glaze firing.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Ceramic
Dimensions (cm): Height 25, Width 18, Depth 18
Weight (kg): 2.423
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

Probably from the term piccino comes the Sicilian comparative picciriddo, Sicilian for a child. In Sicily we were all picciriddi more than children! The work has the colors of Sicily and precisely takes up those of U carrettu Siciliano (Sicilian for cart). It was the means of transport par excellence in past centuries of the Sicilian people: both rich and poor. Basically it is a sort of wooden wheelbarrow pulled by horses. The peculiarity of the Sicilian cart was given by the sides of this structure, the sides, in which was almost always represented a scene of the Opera of the Puppets, representation of Sicilian puppets extremely popular since the seventeenth century (the cart itself was born around that time). Also, the cart was often very colorful in all its spaces, whether it was wheels, lateral woods, rods, etc.. Even the horse that pulled it, usually festive, was harnessed with brigth colors. Needless to say, its more or less its artistic opulence marked its social status. The artist imagines the scene in a carousel in the village of Gangi, in northern Sicily, between the Nebrodi and Madonie mountains. Gangi, which preserves historical evidence since prehistoric times is a classic village in the interland of Sicily, perched on a hill, dominated by sandstone that draws alleys and buildings of this medieval village where life flows quietly.

(photo) Gangi, perched on a hill, with Etna volcano on the backgroung

Request more information about

I quattro picciriddi di Gangi

    I agree with the privacy policy