€702.00 -15% €825.00
Ceramic vase, head of a Moorish woman, a traditional Sicilian achievement - Italy. This magnificent vase is produced and painted by hand in Caltagirone in Sicily and distributed exclusively by Arteslonga.
Handcrafted in ceramic, double firing. Entirely made and painted by hand in Caltagirone (Italy).
The Moors were members of the Muslim people of North Africa, of mixed Arab and Berber origin. In the 8th century they were converted to Islam and established power in North Africa, Sicily and Spain, where they established a civilization (756-1492).
THE LEGEND :
During the Arab domination in Sicily, in the city of Palermo there was an Arab suburb called "La Kalsa".
In this small suburb lived a beautiful young woman who spent her time tending to the flowers on her balcony.
One day a young Moor was walking under the lady's balcony. He noticed the beauty of the young lady and he fell in love with her.
He did not wait a minute to declare his love and the beautiful young girl, impressed by the audacity of the lover, quickly experienced the same love.
Unfortunately, the young Moor was already married and had several children ... as soon as the young woman found out that he could leave to find his family, one day she waited for night and killed him while he slept soundly. She cut off his head and used it as a vase for her plants so she could have him forever by her side.
As the beauty of this vase was remarkable, the whole neighborhood wanted to own a similar one.
From this moment, the creation of vases in the shape of the heads of Moors began...