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The Head Vases

They are protagonists of the artisan iconography of Sicily, and are born from a gesture that is lost in myth.
That story continues with us.

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The legend of the Moor heads

The ancient legend tells of a betrayed maiden and a traitorous Moor. Of a sailor’s promise, made by him to win the girl’s heart. And of the revenge of the young wounded girl, who decided that her Moor would never return to her family beyond the sea: so, he turned her head into a vase, so that new life could sprout inside.

An immortal story

Since that day, this story has become a heritage of Sicilian imagination and craftsmanship, and continues to be told through the anthropomorphic vases, the iconic Head Vases. Over the centuries, the island’s craftsmen have codified new characters, new shapes, new iconographies. For a legend still alive, which Giacomo Alessi tells with the wisdom of his hands.

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Do you know what our life is? Yours and mine?
A dream made in Sicily. Maybe we are still there and we are dreaming.


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Heads with crown

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Heads with leaves

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Heads with lemons

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Heads with pomegranates

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Heads with turban

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Totally white heads

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Heads with turban and crown

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Pure gold heads

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Pen holders

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Egg holders

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Scandinavian heads with turban

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Contemporary transformation

Myth is a story that does not die.
That is why we continue to imagine the story of the Moor heads, shaping together, with our hands, the ancient legend and the inspirations of contemporary design.

Collections

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Heritage Collection

A knowledge centuries old, a mythical language that will continue to speak to the present.

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Design Collection

Ceramic artworks that take the form of the modern age. And, in this way, shaping it.

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Home Collection

Each home tells a story to be lived to the full, every day.

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Limited Editions

Some stories are unique, others inimitable: like this selection of Giacomo Alessi’s artworks.

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