Modern Sicilian ceramic "Moor's head" from Caltagirone.

SKU: 12.SVI308b
Sale price€268,60

Height: 40 cm
Style: Verde Smeraldo
  • The product is made and decorated entirely by hand.
  • Delivery times may vary from 10 to 30 days based on availability.

Moor's heads

made and decorated entirely by hand.

Ceramiche Sofia by the brothers Intonato Nicola and Intonato Giuseppe is a company from Caltagirone (Sicily, ITALY) that produces art majolica. The manufacturing processes that lead to the creation of our ceramics are divided into six important phases: Turning, Drying, first firing, Glazing, Decoration and Aging.
For each of these phases we dedicate the utmost care to every detail so that the final product is the result of a unique, inimitable and unaltered work over time.

Watch the processing phases of our ceramics

The story of the beautiful Sicilian girl and the legend of the dark brown head
It is said that in Palermo, around the year 1100 (period of the domination of the Moors in Sicily at Kalsa), there lived in a palace a beautiful girl who loved to spend her days taking care of the flowers and plants on her balcony.

One day, passing through the Kalsa, a young dark-haired man saw the beautiful girl intent on taking care of the plants. He fell in love with her and decided he wanted her for himself. Without hesitation he entered the girl's house and declared his love for her. The girl, struck by so much feeling, reciprocated the young man's love, but when she knew that the Moor would leave her to return to his lands in the East, where a wife with children was waiting for him, she waited for the darkness and as soon as he As he fell asleep, he killed him, cut off his head, made a vase of it, planted basil in it and put it on display outside on the balcony.
The dark-haired man, thus, no longer being able to leave, would always remain with her. Meanwhile the basil grew luxuriantly and aroused the envy of all the inhabitants of the neighborhood. Not to be outdone, they had terracotta vases made in the shape of a dark brown's head.

The process of creating our ceramics is divided into various meticulously curated phases, ensuring that each finished product is a unique and eternal work of art.

100% artisanal ceramic

For almost 20 years Sofia La Maiolica of Caltagirone has been involved in the artisanal production of unique majolica pieces, decorated and modeled by hand. They are inspired by the classic style of Caltagirone ceramics from all eras, made with unique glazes that recall the origins of the oriental world in which the colors were produced by the fusion of kaolin-based glazes. The manufacturing process that leads to the creation of our ceramics is divided into six important phases:

Turning, Drying, First firing, Enamelling, Decoration and Aging .

For each of these phases we dedicate the utmost care to every detail so that the final product is the result of a unique, inimitable and unaltered work over time. The main feature of purchasing a non-industrial product is precisely this: owning a unique product .

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