Pumo is a Carrara Marble sculpture typical of the traditional craftsmanship of Grottaglie – a town located in Apulia, in the South of Italy – where ever y family holds at least one of them in their homes. According to some, its name derives from the dialect of Ostuni “pumo dè fiure'” (flower bud), and it represents indeed a stylised rosebud. Others believe that its name originates from the Latin pomun (fruit) and it goes back to the cult of the goddess Pomona, the Roman divinity of fruits and also of the olive tree and grapevines.
For many, the Apulian Pumo represents instead the regional egg, a long-lasting symbol that has been present, in various degrees, throughout the history of Italian iconography.
In the past, pumi were commonly used as ornaments placed in the corners of balconies, on eaves and on staircases’ handrails, in both royal palazzos and common residences. Depending on the size and the colours, the Pumo assumed throughout the years a distinctive value among the aristocratic Apulian families, comparable to the heraldic coat-of-arms.
In Apulia, to these days, the pumo is still a popular object, which is given as an auspicious gift to newlyweds, to people moving to a new home, or starting a new venture. Slimmed down to its purest form, this Pumo, made with Carrara marble – one of the most precious material in Italian artisanship – evoked these ancient Italian traditions.
Handcrafted white Carrara Marble
15cm Dm / 23cm H
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Designed & Manufactured by Stories of Italy
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