- H 45 cm
- Dark brown handcrafted and hand decorated.
- Finish: multicolor and glossy black face.
- Made of Caltagirone ceramic
The Moor’s Head-shaped vase hides a thousand-year history, until it unfolds 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, in which Sicily was populated by dark-skinned oriental men, immediately redefined commonly as “Moors”.
Legend has it that a young Moor fell madly in love with a Sicilian girl, while he watched her take care of the plants on her luxuriant balcony. The dark-haired man declared her 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 in fact hid a secret because his wife and children were waiting for him in the East. The girl, taken by anger at her inadmissible discovery, waited for the night and the deep sleep of her lover to make a tragic gesture: she struck the dark-haired man mortally and decided to cut off his head. The Sicilian transformed the Moor’s head into a vase and planted a basil sprout. Every night her tears bathed the plant that grew luxuriantly in the memory of love and in the guilt of the wicked gesture. The scent and beauty of that basil aroused so much envy that the neighbors began to reproduce the particular shape of the vase’s head in terracotta and thus began the extraordinary tradition of the Moor’s Heads.