Rebab secolo XII

Typical musical instruments Beech Ceramic Kid skin Spruce
Single artwork


Description by the artist

Rebab XII century Palatine Chapel of Palermo. Ceramics by Carmelo Ruffino, Randazzo, decoration by Marco Monforte, Taormina, parts in spruce wood , beech and kid skin. This is an interpretation of the paintings on the ceiling of the Palatine Chapel in Palermo. It is the result of a collaboration between Sicilian artists. The description of the instrument appears in the book: L’instrumentarium du Moyen Age. La restitution du son. Sous la direction de Welleda Muller. Paris, L’Harmattan.

Details and dimensions

Dimensions (cm): Height 65, Width 16, Depth 5
Weight (kg): 0.700
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

The Arab-Norman art is a Sicilian wonder. After three centuries of Byzantine domination and two centuries of Arab domination here come the Normans whose kings are literally charmed by the Arab architecture. Here is that an extraordinary thing happens: the Norman kings summon the Arab architects and together they elaborate a mixture of styles and cultures giving to the posterity what we today define Arab-Norman art, patrimony of the humanity. Among the most significant monuments we remember in Palermo: the Palatine Chapel, the Martorana church, the  Norman Palace, St. John of the Hermits church. To them are added the cathedral of Monreale and that of Cefalù. In the beautiful Palatine Chapel we admire splendid Byzantine mosaics on a gold background, muqarnas vaults and typically Arab domes as well as geometric designs on lava stone and Romanesque capitals.

Photo: Palermo, Engraving with the square of the Royal Palace lookingtowards the Palace, Porta Nuova and a portion of Via Toledo (now Corso Vittorio Emanuele), 1842

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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