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Ceramics

  • This terracotta vase is decorated with palmetta (small palm) motifs, in alternating dark and light bands, designed by this artisan drawing on the motif of a ceramic fragment of Oristano dating back to the sixteenth century.

  • Glazed ceramic ring-shaped amphora. The shape is inspired by the traditional crafsmanship production, reinterpreting a model of Roman origin.

  • The wavy shapes of the large centrepiece sculpture reproduces the sea waves in exquisite shades of blue with vibrant coral inflorescences.

  • The bull figure, a symbol of strength, is inserted in the original circular shape, reinforced by the material texture of clays mixed with marble-like effects.

  • Small ceramic pendants with fine decorations inspired by motifs typical of local jewellery tradition. Shaped and decorated by hand, the pendants are an evocative reinterpretation of filigree buttons typical of traditional costumes.

Il settore

Local pottery production started during the Neolithic age, featuring peculiar characteristics that evolved during the Nuragic age. Neolithic pottery productions explored the female body, rounded also in pottery production, being a representation of the Mother goddess. Nuragic pottery featured simple and stylized designs, a tribute to the strength of war.

 

In the following ages, the regular exchange of imported pottery, linked to the interaction of different cultures with Sardinia, made it difficult to define what local production really was, since production became a self-sufficient expression of modern age, only when stylistic features and technical procedures were define and kept unchanged until recent times.

 

For instance, terracotta was slipped and glazed. Few and functional models were lathe-crafted: pitchers, marigas, containers, sciveddas, pans, pingiadas, flasks, frascus, bowls, discus, and other types of pots and pouring receptacles.

 

The setting is rural and pastoral. They are objects of daily use, for the transportation and and storage of water, baking, the preparation of desserts and food products. Yet, embellishments and expressive characterizations are also used. The festive versions are used during solemn occasions, anniversaries, rituals, and are part of the set of votive tools. They are made by the most skilled figuli, using graphite and decorated with plastic additions, plant motifs and the figures of saints and other religious and good-luck symbols.

 

 

These productions that belong to the local material culture, together with the productions of other sectors such as hand-made weaving, jewelry, carving and basket weaving, share a secret language, and intimate and evocative jargon.