Moor head sicilian ceramic Caltagirone teste di moro made in Sicily
The Moor head "teste di moro" exist in Sicily for several centuries have been brought to fame in recent years, by the designers "Dolce and Gabbana" who have dedicated an entire collection to Sicily.
Measures H cm 28
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Between history and legend: "The Moor head Testa di Moro is a characteristic object of the Sicilian tradition: it is a hand-painted ceramic vase used as an ornament depicting the face of a Moor and sometimes a young woman of good looks. 'ancient legend tells that around the year 1100, during the period of the Moorish domination in Sicily, in the district Kalsa of Palermo, lived "a beautiful girl with pink skin comparable to peach blossoms at the height of flowering and a beautiful pair of eyes that seemed to reflect the beautiful Gulf of Palermo. "The girl was almost always at home, and spent her days taking care of the plants on her balcony.
One day a young Moro found himself passing by, as soon as he saw her, he immediately fell in love with her and decided to have her at all costs. Then without delay he entered the girl's house and immediately declared her love. The girl, struck by such ardor, returned the love of the young Moro, but soon her happiness vanished as soon as she learned that her beloved would soon leave her to return to the East, where a wife with two was waiting for him. sons. So it was that the girl waited for the night and as soon as the Moor fell asleep he killed him and then cut off his head. Of the Moro's head he made a vase where he planted some basil and put it on display outside in the balcony. In this way, the Moro, being unable to leave, would remain with her forever. Meanwhile, the basil grew flourish and aroused the envy of all the inhabitants of the neighborhood that, not to be outdone, they made to build specially of the terracotta pots in the shape of a Moro's head. "
Being an artisanal article, it could present small imperfections, which characterize the work done by hand without the use of industrial means. This peculiarity should not be considered a defect but a characteristic of the product itself.
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