handcrafted Sicilian Moorish heads, vases, Caltagirone ceramics, Design, home decoration, Sicilian craftsmanship, faces, faces, vases

$261.19

Shipping to United States: $113.56

Large Sicilian Moorish heads in Caltagirone ceramic entirely handmade in shape and decoration H30 L28
The original Moorish heads made by masters of art from Caltagirone represent a millenary love story,
they bring good luck and prosperity to their owner.
The dark brown heads can be used as vases that can be used to make your environment unique and elegant.
These heads have a high gloss finish making them a very fine item.
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History Moor's heads

It is said that around the year 1100 d. C., during the domination of the Muslims in Sicily, also called Moors, in the Arab district of Palermo called "Al Hàlisah" (which means the pure or the chosen one) today known as the Kalsa district, a beautiful girl lived her lonely days locked up in the house taking care of the plants on her balcony, the only way she was allowed to look at the world outside that house which, despite being rich and majestic, seemed like a gilded prison.

One day from the top of her flowery balcony she was seen by a young Moro who, falling in love with her at first sight and seized by a violent passion, did not hesitate to declare his love for her.

The young girl having never been courted and struck by the promise of love that the young Moro made her, reciprocated his sentiment and allowed him to enter that majestic house.

However, the young Moro, despite having abandoned himself to passion with the beautiful girl, had a wife and children in the East to return to. When he revealed the terrible news to the girl, embittered by that betrayed love that was about to abandon her, she was seized by a fatal anger and a jealousy, which is still said to be typical of Sicilian women, which prompted her to look for a way to take revenge.

So at the end of the last night spent together, which was a prelude to the return journey, after having abandoned themselves to passion, he, having fallen into a deep sleep in her arms, slept unaware of his fate, then the girl put into practice her vengeance and struck him dead.

Furthermore, the face of that young man, whom she had madly loved in that short time, should have remained by her side forever, so she cut off his head, creating with it an object similar to a vase which she placed on the balcony and planted inside. a basil sprout (he chose basil because this fragrant plant, from the Greek "Basilik├▓s", king, represents the herb of sovereigns).

In this way, taking care of the plants on her balcony daily, the girl continued to take care of her beloved from whom she never separated again.

Every day he watered that basil with his tears, making the plant more and more flourishing and luxuriant.

The neighbors, enviously looking at that plant that grew visibly giving off an intense perfume in that bizarre head-shaped vase, had terracotta vases made that reproduced the same appearance as the one kept by the girl.

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