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L’ostrica di Natale

Sculptures Sea stones on oyster shell
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Description by the artist

Sea stones on oyster shell (ostrica di Natale in Italian). Mediterranean sea wood. My nativities are born from the use of natural materials, poor or recycled. I have created nativities inside oyster shells, ornamental pumpkins, string nests, rudimentary huts and tree barks. The characters inside the nativities are painted on stone with acrylic color, or created using a homemade paste prepared by using cornstarch, vinyl glue and oil, called cold porcelain. They were first modeled, then dressed and painted with care and love.

Details and dimensions

Dimensions (cm): Height 10, Width 10
Weight (kg): 0.100
Handcrafted in Sicily

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The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Mediterranean Sea is the sea that bathes Sicily, an island that is located right in the middle of it and for this reason it has always been a coveted land for the control of the entire area.Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Siceliots … sailed it with their ships. It is a sea rich in varieties of fish. It is a sea rich in archaeological finds from ships sunk over the centuries. It is a sea that 50 million years ago dried up and then tectonic uplifts led it to form the current mountains of Sicily. That’s why you can find shells and fishes walking on the summits of eastern Sicily. It is a sea that reminds us of the Temple of Venus Erice, the most revered temple of antiquity of sailors, right on top of Mount Erice, western Sicily. It is the mare Nostrum!

Photo Tonnara in Scopello, watercolor, FabriceMoireau

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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