Architecture

Maschere Apotropaiche sui Portali

Via Lauro, 6, Tropea, (Vibo Valentia)

The influence of folklore and other traditions is reflected on many portals of the old town of Tropea. Apotropaic masks, with the superstitious function to cast the negative influences of the evil eye, identify the superstitious character of the tropean community. Often, we find masks with grotesque and bizarre figures to complete portals and balconies, replacing the keystone or shelves. They demonstrate the skills of local workers, who with the same lithic material could reconcile the technological peculiarities and artistic inspiration, creating sculptures with purely structural function.

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