Holy water font Cuttlefish bone Marine wood
Single artwork


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Description by the artist

L’angeluzzu (Sicilian for Angel) is a holy water font for collection. I don’t know how and when my passion and the discovery of cuttlebone chiseling was born, a bit like Michelangelo said that: “The work of art is already inside the block of marble. The work consists only in removing the excess, to make it emerge. You don’t have to add anything, you just have to know how to remove.” I started with a simple nail file, now I use diamond tip files. My subjects are faces, fish and glimpses of Sicily, the cocci d’amuri (Sicilian for glimpses of love). They can be used to embellish environments of various kinds. The calcium carbonate of which they are made of, makes them fragile and light, so their processing is particularly delicate and meticulous. Exploiting the characteristic form lanceolata, I succeed in realizing forms and different subjects, spacing from the white of the stuccoes of the Serpotta, to the bright colors of our Sicily.


Details and dimensions

Dimensions (cm): Height 50, Width 15, Depth 5.50
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Acquasantiera (holy water font) is a sacramental that, until the first half of the last century, could be found in every Sicilian house. It contained water which had been blessed by the priest and had the purpose of protecting the family and the house of the Sicilians from the Evil one. The holy water fonts were placed in the wall next to the bed, in the evening the believers recited their prayers and then made the sign of the cross by wetting their finger in the holy water, which is pure, water. Today holy water fonts are furnishing objects of many Sicilian houses and they are usually placed one next to the other, on a wall, as to form a multicoloured picture.

Giacomo Serpotta was a talented Sicilian plasterer of the 17th century whose stupendous works can be admired in several churches and museums in Sicily.

 (photo) Taormina, Cathedral, the façadeprior to 20th-century restoration 1902


The Governance also suggests

The objective of the Governance is both to safeguard the traditions and ancient crafts of the people of Sicily, and to sustain economically the Artisans and the Artists, both the real ethno-anthropologists of the country.
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