Khepri & Loricato by Elena Salmistraro for Bosa are vessels in the shape of animals that have been awarded a sacred status by different cultures in different ages. Both made from ceramic and decorated with a mix of glossy and matte glazes as well as precious metals, the vessels represent a piece of spiritual component other past cultures attributed to their subjects as well as the symbolic and ritual elements that reinforce their evocative values.
Khepri represents the Egyptian scarab, or beetle. Ancient Egyptians regarded the scarab as the symbol of eternal rebirth, man’s constant evolution through the free soul’s reincarnations. In a modern context the scarab enters the home as a vessel intended to guard the things we love most, a special home for our most precious possessions.
Loricato takes the form of an armadillo, considered by the Native Americans as a unique animal, a guiding light. An animal with predominantly nocturnal and underground habits, the armadillo lives in the shadows, fiercely facing any difficulty and bravely overcoming any hostility, thanks to its massive defensive armour.
In a modern context the scarab and the armadillo’s armour enters the home as a safe space, intended to guard the things we love most, a special home for our most precious possessions. The vessels take an artistic natural appearance to become a memory keeper reminding us of the close relationship we had with animals, whose presence in our life has gradually been reduced due to the man’s choice to live in large urban areas.