Description by the artist
I was thinking of my father when I made this cuteddu (Sicilian for knife), of the complex interweavings that bind us. To him who taught me the art of grafting, that a blade is not always the bearer of offense, but rather an instrument to multiply life. 925/000 silver burnished satin. The manual realization creates irregular effects and small differences that make the jewel unique and repeatable. My jewels are handmade and speak of land and roots, of sky and sea. They narrate my Sicily, its colors, its history, its strong contradictions. I was inspired by the prickly pear and its plots that bind us, harness us and that, magically, make us freer to dream. 925/000 silver polished burnished polished. Handmade with imperfections and irregularities, which is unique.
Handle width mm 16 with blade mm 28 max.
Length closed cm 9,5 – open cm15,5.
Blade: cm 6.
Details and dimensions
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The prickly pears (which inspired Roberto) are one of the great symbols of Sicily. They grow everywhere: on the sides of cliffs, in gardens, on the roofs of abandoned houses, on the sides of roads … Its fruit (ripe by the end of August) is delicious and much loved by Sicilians who also make rosoli and mostarda, a sweet typically prepared in jars, with the addition of carnations, cinnamon and almonds. Gelo is also very appreciated, a sort of gelatinous cream. Prickly pears were imported by Arabs during their domination (IX-XI century).
(photo) A Sicilian seller of ricotta, early 1900