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The artwork, with the colors of Sicily, is made of coral, natural shell and 925 silver.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The processing of red coral from Trapani is an art that dates back to the eleventh century, when the Arabs ruled in Sicily. Since then, skilled Sicilian coral masters have created real masterpieces, such as nativity scenes, necklaces, bracelets, liturgical objects … in which the coral is often coupled with copper, gold, lava stone. Princes, cardinals, popes and wealthy aristocrats were among the great clients. If you come to Trapani you cannot miss a visit to the Pepoli museum which preserves beautiful creations in red coral from Trapani.
Venus Erycina recalls the most famous temple of antiquity, that of Venus Ericyna precisely, located in the highest part of Erice. In this temple, where an eternal fire burnt, sacred prostitution was practiced and was an irresistible call for all sailors of 2500 years ago. There was also a sacred well that is still visible in the ruins of the castle.
(photo) Erica, View of castle and surrounding landscape, 1845
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