The Moorish Heads of Sicily

May 08, 2015 1472

...Otherwise known as Pot Heads! I like the ambiguity in the phrase Moorish Heads. When the Moors invaded Sicily from North Africa in the 11th century, they built ceramics workshops all over the island and taught the Sicilians to make brightly coloured majolica, an art form which gradually spread throughout Sicily.

One of the excavated 1,000-year-old Moorish potteries can be seen in Palazzo Steri, Palermo. One of the classic items, still made today, was the "Moorish head" – a fancy plant pot which was traditionally placed atop gateposts.

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