The ceramic masks of Seminara are ostentatious and grotesque, with deliberately frightening features to scare away all malevolent beings or forces in order to protect the home. The masks are finished in enormous wood fired kilns, which adds an uncontrollable twist to the features and colors rendered by the artisan’s hands—the final touch in their fierce and imperfect beauty. The archaeological evidence suggests that the mask tradition probably originates in the costumes of the Magna Graecia theater. As a household object, the mask introduces concepts of constructed identities, performed roles, dramatic conflict, and supernatural intervention into the domestic sphere.
In the exceptional conditions of the present moment, when hundreds of millions of people are spending more time at home than ever before in living memory, the homeware brand TRAME wants to share the inspiring and supportive influences of these Mediterranean ritual objects with the entire world. The masks, whether the traditional forms or the contemporary design interpretations, reveal a sense of both timelessness and contemporaneity in their aspirational evocation of a social life with more serenity and less fear.
Dimension: approximately 30H x 28W x 8D cm
Material: 100% mediterranean terracotta clay
Technique: 100% handmade in Italy
Each handcrafted traditional Seminara mask is unique. Picture on an indicative basis. If you want a specific color (blue, green) please let us know !
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