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Woven Easter Palm - Marcello D'Amico, post 1955 Object Reg. No: SH 960164

Summary:
Woven Easter Palms are made by worshipers and taken to church on Palm Sunday. They are blessed during the Mass and then taken home. The following year on Ash Wednesday, the blessed palms are brought back to the church where they are burned to make the ashes for the celebration of Ash Wednesday. Palms are woven into different shapes according to regions, towns and villages. Olive tree branches replaced the palms in mountainous villages. This palm was woven by Marcello D'Amico who migrated to Australia in 1955 at the age of 14 from the Island of Salina (Aeolian Islands). He learned the skills of palm weaving as a child from an old nun.
Description:
Pale green/cream religious item plaited from one small palm frond. The central rib forms the basis of an elaborately plaited design in two parts, one slightly smaller than the other and constructed from the fronds. Each construction is woven to create a hollow, tri-part, decoration, whilst the end of the frond is left free to give a featherlike impression.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Marcello D'Amico, 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 100.05 cm (Height)
Dimension Comment: Pt. 1: 11.05. Pt. 11: 10.05cm.

More information

Tagged with: celebrations, italian communities, italian immigration, religions roman catholic, immigration, easter
Themes this item is part of: Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Cultural Diversity Collection, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Maker: Mr Marcello D'Amico, Victoria, Australia, post 1955

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