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U carrettino

Necklaces Aluminium Ceramic lava stone
Single artwork


Description by the artist

The work has been realized with the ancient chainmail technique that consists in the interlacement of metallic rings. The pendant tells the ancient tradition of the Sicilian cart. Necklace with Sicilian style medallion embellished with half red and green crystals, with central  ceramic lava stone  and with Sicilian cart decoration. Satin gold aluminium chain and pendants with half red and green crystals.

Details and dimensions

Dimensions (cm): Height 30
Weight (kg): 0.040
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

U carrettu siciliano (Sicilian for cart,  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, its more or less artistic opulence marked its social status.

(photo) Sicilians in the carrettu

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