1. Apeshit by The Carters // 2. Katherine Dunham Ballet Créole performance // 3. Matriarch of Black Dance inspired by Katherine Dunham by Nicole Stallion // 4. Billie Holiday X Pearl Primus - Strange Fruit
The use of Africans on family heirloom can be explained by the desire for ancient European families to present themselves as worldly ruler. Their presence symbolised the extent of their power.
The use of the moor's head as an heraldic device dates from the 13th century.
The emblem has connections to the Crusades and was a reflection associating individual families with victories over the moors.
Heraldic devices and emblems were included on objects to indicate ownership. By 1400 a moor as a crowned head in profile, or occasionally as a full figure, was relatively common in German heraldry. In time, its usage spread to almost every European country.
The older Pucci motto, Candida praecordia ('White at heart'), probably reflect the meaning of the Italian proverbs Viso nero, cuore candido (Black face, white heart) and Il bruno il bel non toglie (Dark skin does not beauty remove). Variations of these proverbs appear in the mottoes of other Italian families with moor's heads in their arms. They reflect an ancient belief, later adopted and expanded by Christian theologians, that the browness of Africans was only skin-deep and could conceal the purity of their souls.