Head of Moors

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Have you ever wondered what is the reason for the Sicilian tradition of making ceramic plant pots in the shape of a Moor’s head? ...A legend has it that in one of the narrow and smelly alleyways of the “Kalsa” (the Arab quarter in Palermo in the years of the Arab domination in AC 1000) lived a most beautiful young girl, with rosy skin resembling peach flowers in full blossom and eyes as clear as the sea in the gulf of Palermo. She was kept in the house all day and spent her time looking after the flowers on her balcony. One day a young Moor was passing by and catching a glimpse of the beautiful girl he fell in love and decided he was going to have her as his own. He entered the house without esitation and declared his love to the young girl, who was impressed by the intensity of his feelings and accepted his love. However, once he disclosed his plans to take her back to his country and make her part of his harem she became angry and suggested instead that he should stay in Palermo with her and abandon the harem. After he dismissed her suggestion, she waited until he was asleep, killed him, cut his head and used it as a pot for a basil plant, which she displayed in full view on her balcony. The Moor therefore, ”remained” with her in Palermo, while the basil plant was growing to become the envy of the neighbourhood, to the point that everyone started to request plant pots in the shape of a Moor’s head.
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  • Pair of moorish heads h 14
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