The sculptures I'm showing here, whom sicilian people call 'Masks', belong to one of the most ancient tradition of sicilian art. These have been hand made by local handcraft masters living in Catania. The origin of this art rose from the art of hammering the lava stones which were meant to pave the ancient roads. Subsequently many artists had learned and improved this art and began to create, to sculpture new things as well as the Masks. The Masks were utilized to adorn ancient balcons, noble palaces.The working process only involves arms, hands, hammer, chisel and a lot of patience.
Unlike other kind of sculptures these are only sculptured by one side in order to enjoy the beauty of the bare stone and not ruining its own natural shape, which already itself is a sculpture. That's the reason wherefore it is not so easy to find the proper stone to sculpture, furthermore they are ancient stones belonging to former lavaflows of volcano Etna. Perfect either on a wooden or iron support , certainly they won't fail to enchant you and to enhance the beauty of your home.