Description by the artist
It is a small and gentle head depicting a “pupidda” (Sicilian for doll), a small woman’s head with helmet and armor. Placed in the center of an ideal Sicilian cart wheel with geometric decoration typically Sicilian. I love to make each of them by hand with different features.
Details and dimensions
Materials: Clay and glazes
Dimensions (cm): Height 20, Width 20, Depth 4.50
Weight (kg): 0.300
Handcrafted in Sicily
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation
U carrettu siciliano was the means of transport par excellence in the past centuries of the Sicilian people: both rich and poor. Basically, it is a sort of wooden wheelbarrow pulled by horses. The peculiarity of the Sicilian cart was given by the sides of this structure, the sides, in which was almost always represented a scene of the Opera of the Puppets, representation of Sicilian puppets extremely popular since the seventeenth century (the cart itself was born around that time). Also, the cart was often very colorful in all its spaces, whether it was wheels, lateral woods, rods, etc. Even the horse that pulled it, usually festive, was harnessed with bright colors. Needless to say, it’s more or less artistic opulence marked its social status.
(photo) Sicilian cart, 1979