handcrafted Sicilian dark brown heads h20, vases, Caltagirone ceramics, Design, home decoration, Sicilian craftsmanship, faces, vases.


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Sicilian Moor heads in Caltagirone ceramic entirely handmade in shape and decoration H20 L16
The Original Moro heads created by masters of art from Caltagirone represent a thousand-year-old love story,
they bring luck and prosperity to their owner.
The dark brown heads can be used as usable vases to make your environment unique and elegant.
These heads have a glossy finish making them a very valuable item.
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History Teste di Moro

It is said that around the year 1100 AD. C., during the domination of the Muslims in Sicily, also called Moors, in the Arab neighborhood of Palermo called "Al Hàlisah" (which means the pure or the chosen one) today known as the Kalsa neighborhood, a beautiful girl lived her solitary days locked up at home 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 golden prison to her.

One day from the top of her flowered balcony she was seen by a young Moro who, having fallen 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 to her, reciprocated his feeling 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 to return to in the East. When she revealed the terrible news to the girl, embittered by the betrayed love that was about to abandon her, she was seized by a fatal anger and jealousy, which is still said to be typical of Sicilian women, which pushed 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 revenge and struck him to death.

Furthermore, the face of that young man, whom she had madly loved in that short time, would have to remain 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 “Basilikòs”, king, represents the herb of sovereigns).

In this way, by 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 become more and more florid and lush.

The neighbors, looking with envy at that plant that was growing conspicuously giving off an intense scent in that bizarre head-shaped vase, had terracotta vases made that had the same appearance as the one kept by the girl.

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