Red ceramic sicilian pine cone handmade in Caltagirone in original gift box
Artistic processing Handicraft
Christmas gift package - set of two pine cones made and hand painted, according to tradition, by master potters of Caltagirone. It is a well-wishing symbol with multiple meanings.
Measurement pine cone: h cm 15
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The ceramic pine cone of Caltagirone, in Sicily is present in most of the houses: on the pillars placed at the entrance, on the balconies, as an ornament, as a decorative object, as a card holder.
La Pigna lends itself to numerous meanings which have their roots in distant Babylonian culture, penetrating in the Greek and Roman Catholic, then, with the meaning of cosmic egg linked to the birth of creation, to the principle of everything. Being full of seeds has also taken the meaning of fertility and prolificacy , classical wish to do for a married couple that constitutes a new family, that is why the cones populate the headboards of the beds in wrought iron in the peasant culture.
La Pigna is also a symbol of fertility of the mind that produces ideas of renewal and growth since its ovoid shape is associated in different cultures to the pineal gland of the human brain.
Having regard to the evergreen tree of the conifers of which La Pigna is the fruit, it also takes on the meaning of life and eternity , enriching in this way balconies and entrance gates of ancient villas and gardens of the noble families, but also of monumental cemeteries, facades of churches and convents, up to populate the thrones of kings and pontiffs as materialization of the soul, the bridge that joins the ground to the divine.
Realization: these meanings materialise in the hands of skilled craftsmen of ceramics that realize cones of large and small size. Starting from the lathe the ceramist forges the cap of the base and the support foot that will be merged following a first drying. Then, with great skill and meticulousness, the craftsman model one by one the bracts della Pigna, using only the fingers of the hands. There is no final result more harmonious and fascinating, exalted to followed by baking enamel with classic colors such as white, ivory, ramina green, but also the magnetic bordeaux enamels, turquoise and cobalt blue.
Since this is an article handicraft , may have small imperfections that characterize the work carried out by hand without the aid of industrial means. This peculiarity must not be considered a defect but a characteristic of the product itself.
- ceramic pottery
- Pine cone hight
- 15 cm