Sicilian Moro Heads designed by Lia Briamonte and handmade in the city of Caltagirone
With each Moor head taking over two hours to mould and 3 days to set before being hand-painted and glazed, you’ll be sure that your newest piece of Sicilian decor is truly authentic. Of all the Sicilian ceramics, the Moro or ‘Moorish’ heads are some of the most famous - their unmistakable features and decorative crown are unique to the Caltagirone region.
These beautifully decorated vases look fabulous with flowers or plants and are one of our best sellers at Anemone - our first order sold out on the same day and we are now preorders for delivery in August.
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What is a Moro Head?
The Sicilian Moro Head has gone by many names: ‘Moorish head’, ‘Moor head’ or ‘Teste di Moro’ but the history remains strong.
Dating back to the 11th Century, the Sicilian ceramic head is said to have come from the story of a beautiful girl and Moor merchant falling in love after he passed her by while she was attending to the flowers on her balcony. However, he’d not told her that he already had a wife and children, awaiting his return home - upon finding out, she was seething with anger and decapitated him in his sleep. She turned his head into a vase and planted a seed of basil. The neighbours were so impressed they created their own ceramic vases resembling ahead, and with it was born the legend of the Sicilian Moro head.
Today you can still see Moro heads decorating the balconies of Siciliy, despite the slightly gruesome history!