The Moor's Head shaped vase hides a millenary history, to the point of unfolding as one of the most fascinating and tragic legends of Sicilian mythology. The story dates back to the year 1000, during the period of Saracen occupation, when Sicily was populated by dark-skinned oriental men, soon commonly redefined as "Moors"
Legend has it that a young Moor fell madly in love with a Sicilian girl, while he was watching her take care of the plants on her lush balcony. The Moor declared his love for the girl and she was soon seduced by the exotic charm of the young foreigner
The passion, however, was fatal: the young man hid a secret because his wife and children were waiting for him in the East
The young girl, taken by anger for the inadmissible discovery, waited for the night and the deep sleep of her lover to make a tragic gesture: she hit the Moor mortally and decided to cut off his head. The Sicilian woman transformed the Moor's head into a vase and planted a basil sprout. Every night her tears wet the plant that grew luxuriant in the memory of love and in the guilt of the wicked gesture
The scent and the beauty of that basil aroused so much envy that the neighbors began to reproduce in terracotta the particular shape of the head of the vase and thus began the extraordinary tradition of Teste di Moro.