Lu Moru di lu mari
Description by the artist
Lu Moru di lu mari (sicilian for The Moor of the sea) represents the typical Moor of the Moor’s Head legend, here is the male Moor sweet in love of his woman . They are in reconciliation. From their depths with their riches of corals and shells, they give themselves through the golden thread of the soul and their 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
Materials: 3D Oil on canvas
Dimensions (cm): Height 40, Width 40, Depth 4
Weight (kg): 0.800
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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) Many Sicilians have Arab countenance like this fisherman, late 1800 photo