Green Sicilian pine cone with decorated base in Caltagirone ceramic made and hand painted

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The Sicilian green pine cone in Caltagirone ceramic with a base decorated and hand-painted according to tradition by Caltagirone master potters. The ceramic pine cone has been a symbol of luck and prosperity for several centuries. Exclusive Christmas gift 

Made in Sicily craftsmanship

Being an artisanal item, it will be made at the time of the order.

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The gift box (not included but to be purchased separately) consists of a sturdy and elegant box entirely padded inside, in order to guarantee the integrity of the item.

The pinecone  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.


Data sheet

ceramic pottery
Pine cone hight
30 cm

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