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"Born in 1960, our company handles the tradition of the crib from father to son. We handle everything that concerns the crib: from the construction material (cork, moss, lights etc.) to a series of shepherds like Landi and Fontanini. But also Neapolitan terracotta shepherds which are our tradition. We also sell paintings, prints and other articles relating to classical and modern art."

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Pulcinella with Tambourine Cm 33 Neapolitan Terracotta Cloth Clothes Eyes Glass

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Unique product as it is handcrafted both in the construction phase and in the painting phase. Every detail is taken care of with great attention.


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74,50 €

Features: 

  • Max height with base: 33 Cm
  • Pulcinella Height: 31 Cm
  • Material: Neapolitan Terracotta Arts, glass eyes, tow body and cloth clothes
  • Single piece
  • 100% Neapolitan craftsmanship

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Realization Technique


Head, hands and feet are made of clay, with the help of small wooden sticks to give shape to the material.

After a natural drying process, it is cooked in the oven at 980 °.
After firing, the clay becomes terracotta and the glass eyes are applied.

Then we continue with the coloring: many shades of colors to give delicate and realistic tones to the figures. After that to the patination.

The various components are applied to a mannequin made with iron wire covered with hemp tow that allows the movement of the limbs.

Finally, the assembled shepherd is ready to be dressed; everything is hand-sewn, the clothes are made to measure by applying trimmings,
embroidery and lace to add more details to the shepherd.

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A bit of history...

In Naples, the Pulcinella mask has very ancient origins. It appeared for the first time in 1300, when its name stood for "little chick" and was used to indicate a negligent and time waster.

Subsequently, his origins were attributed to Silvio Fiorillo, a playwright of the art of the 1500s who, during his performances, used to wear a completely different type of mask from the one we know today; it is, in fact, a typical "half mask", also called "wolf", with a large curved nose, a face full of wrinkles and very small eyes.

These particular characteristics, together with a shrill voice, make the mask more similar to a black chanterelle, from which the word "polleciniello" (in Neapolitan dialect) derives.

As all Neapolitans know, Pulcinella is the symbol of the simple man who tries to face all his problems with a smile. He is always contradicting himself, making fun of himself and being smart. In fact, it is difficult for him to remain silent: this is why there is the expression "The secret of Pulcinella", to indicate a fact that everyone is aware of.

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