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TA RA TA TA, Seminara Ceramic Mask

$465.64per item


The apotropaic (warding off evil) mask from Seminara can be distinguished by its horns, wide eyes, mustache, and screaming mouth with its tongue sticking out. 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 demonic aspect of this mask is manifested in order to be expelled, bringing serenity to the owner and ridding the home of negative energy. Giovanni De Francesco takes an idiosyncratic approach to the traditional mask, aiming not for verisimilitude but for a rough impression of the volumes of the face. Using sculptural gestures to shape the clay, he accentuates the fundamental geometry and makes the shapes more grotesque. Incense can also be placed within TA RA TA TA’s ceramic jaws for ritual burning. This function alludes to a specific variation of the typical mask in in the form of a chimneypot: with smoke pouring out of its mouth and eyes, the mask would appear much more ferocious—and thus even more powerful. Details: - Dimension: approximately 32 H x 25 W x 10 D cm - Material: 100% Mediterranean terracotta clay - Technique: 100% handmade in Italy - Each handcrafted TA RA TA TA Seminara mask is unique. Picture on an indicative basis. - 14-days return policy - In stock Giovanni De Francesco (Bergamo 1976), lives and works between Milan and Paris. He is a visual artist dedicated to sculptural installations through the use of plastic materials, photography, video, painting and sound. Since 1997 he has taken part in many personal exhibits as well as collective ones. He an artistic consultant at the Luisa delle Piane gallery in Milan and is a founding member of the Monstera theatre company. He occasionally collaborates with Andre Branzi and is an honorary member of the Onlus Atelier dell’Errore.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 12.6 in. (32 cm)Width: 9.85 in. (25 cm)Depth: 3.94 in. (10 cm)
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    New & Custom(One of a Kind)
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    Paris, FR
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    1stDibs: LU5328221914282

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About The Maker

TRAME is a new homeware brand that explores new domestic landscapes across the Mediterranean. Each collection of homeware and accessories is inspired by a historical episode, reflects a cross-cultural journey and celebrates the exceptional know-how of Mediterranean craftsmen. By introducing contemporary designers to traditional craftsmen TRAME brings a fresh point of view to those who have spent generations refining artisan techniques and provides economic benefits for local communities, while helping to conserve our common cultural heritage. TRAME believes in encounters and co-creation. The first collection, “A voyage to Meknes”, is freely inspired by the story of Madame de Blois, King Louis XIV’s favorite daughter, and her imagined connection to Moroccan culture. The collection arises from the encounter of the designers Maddalena Casadei (IT), Maria Jeglinska (PO) and Julie Richoz (FR) with exceptional Moroccan ceramics and textile craftsmen.
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