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Description by the artist

In this brick I was inspired by the colors and shapes of the Sicilian cart, but I wanted to add a paladin in the center which is also a strong point of our Sicily. Rustic brick made by hand in Santa Maria di Licodia, on the slopes of Etna. Lava stone powder is mixed into the clay mixture and spread by hand in wooden forms in which an iron hook is inserted and baked at 1200 ° c. 

Details and dimensions

Materials: Clay Lava powder
Dimensions (cm): Height 22, Width 32
Weight (kg): 0.830
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Opera of the Puppets has made the joy of the people since 1700, when the puppeteer and his traveling theater were expected in the squares of the villages of Sicily. It narrates the deeds of the paladins  Charlemagne. The main characters are Orlando, Rinaldo and the beautiful Angelica. To the cry of “Death to the Saracens” the paladins fight the Moors. To this day it remains a really exciting and fun moment to watch the exploits of these wooden puppets to which the puppeteers give life and character by acting and, at the same time, moving them from behind the scenes, while often a piano is the soundtrack to the whole thing. It should be noted that when the puppet theater withdrew from a village, the elders continued to tell the exploits of the paladins, sometimes even adding more to the story, around the conca (brazier for heating) or in the square, with friends and relatives.

(photo) The Opera of the puppets

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