U cavaddu siciliano
Description by the artist
It is a revisited version of the Sicilian cart with the horse (u cavaddu in Sicilian) typically decorated with various elements characteristic of a Sicilian day of celebration.
Details and dimensions
Materials: Cotton with acrylics
Dimensions (cm): Height 106, Width 168
Weight (kg): 1
Handcrafted in Sicily
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation
This horse is adorned like a typical horse from a Sicilian cart. 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, its more or less artistic opulence marked its social status.
(photo) Sicilians in the carrettu, early 1900