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Majolica Section


In the majolica section there is an exhibition of objects dating back the beginnings of 17th century to the first half of 20th century. There is a great variety of plates and jugs for water and wine (“sruli”). Some containers for liquid substances are particularly interesting for their ingenious and “secret” executive technique (“srulu a secretu”, “vozza a bicchiere”, etc. ): they are funny objects used, during the lunch, by the table companions to have fun. In fact, it was almost impossible to pour out liquids from those jugs because it was prevented by a hidden complex hydraulic mechanism. The so-called “ciarle” are very refined and elegant: they are pots equipped with a twofold handle in the shape of a ribbon. Moreover, the museum possesses various pharmacy pots or “albarelli”- some coming from outside Grottaglie - and many tureen, whose knobs are modelled in order to reproduce human figures, vegetable elements (a pine cone, a fruit) or animals. Among the various majolica articles, there are also tiles for paving, realized both in Grottaglie and in other cities of Salento and Campania, and floor tiles… In the Museum, the ceramic articles related to devoutness, whose production is bound to the local devotion, are clearly represented by plates and votive statues reproducing the saints (Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Ciro, the Holy Doctors, St. Michel, etc.), tiled floor, holy water fonts and candelabra. Then, there is an unusual funeral tile dated 1907, used as the tombstone of a modest burial.


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