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Sicilian Ceramic Heads

Discover the interesting legend behind the origin of the Sicilian Moorish Heads, which often decorate the balconies of many Sicilian palaces and date back to the XI century. Explore a colorful selection of these stunning head vases handmade in ceramics and reinterpreted in different styles by Italian talented artisans.

Sicily is famous for its ceramic production, defined by the peculiar and beautiful Maiolica design with baroque details. During the Moors domination, Sicilians learned how to master the unique art of pottery to create splendid objects of art, among which the most popular and charming are the Moorish Heads, or Teste di Moro: colorful vases originally used as plant pots. The interesting legend behind the origin of this stunning piece, which often decorates the balconies of many Sicilian palaces, dates back to the XI century.

The story tells about a beautiful girl, who was living in the arabic district of the city of Palermo. While she was taking care of plants and flowers in the balcony of her house, a Moor merchant, who was passing by, fell in love with her at first sight. The beautiful girl returned his love, but shortly after she discovered that the man was about to leave her to return to his native land, where he had wife and children. Driven by jealousy, the girl found a way to keep the man with her forever: she cut off his head, deciding to use it as a vase to grow her plants. Later on, people walking down her balcony noticed how flourishing were her plants and started to create colorful heads vases.

Today, Moorish heads still amaze many artists and designers, who now reinterpret the iconic vase with new shapes, colors and patterns. Explore the elegant creations of Crita Ceramiche, the colorful pieces from Waiting For The Bus and the traditional ceramics crafted by Ceramiche Micale.