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La Regina di lu Mediterraneo

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300,00

Description by the artist

La Regina di lu Mediterraneo (sicilian for The Queen of the Mediterranean) who forgives her man and looks at him with love, giving him what she carries in her depths: her greatest treasures. With the golden thread of her soul she joins him and shines like a star. The artwork, painted in oil on canvas , is three-dimensional as it contains real volumes created by the mixed material, natural shells and synthetic pearls. The edge, 4 cm, is created with a double frame painted on the sides as well.

Details and dimensions

Dimensions (cm): Height 40, Width 40, Depth 4
Weight (kg): 0.800
Handcrafted in Sicily

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The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

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 women, 1922

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