ETHNOGRAPHY: Model head and Angel of the Annunciation

The Zejtun Parish Church museum has a selection of works of art related to the parish and history of Zejtun.  The collection ranges from  furniture to sculptures, from archaeological  ceramics to fine glass, from etchings to paintings.

Among the collection there are to interesting model heads carved in wood which are thought to be Xandru Farrugia’s works.  One of the model heads pertains to a masculine the other to a female one.  The female head has been always said that it is the model head of the Annunciation statue of Tarxien. In fact there is strong resemblance between the model’s face and Tarxien’s Madonna.

Another part of the same titular statue also ended at the Zejtun parish.  This is the angel’s statue which now forms part of the Jesus at the Gethsemane statue.  This angel was the first to be carved but it seems that it had not pleased the Tarxien people and Farrugia had to carve another angel, the one which still forms part of the Tarxien statue.


DEBONO, G. JOSEPH,  L-Istorja tal-Vara tal-Lunzjata ta’ Ħal-Tarxien (1829 – 2004).  Parroċċa ta’ Ħal-Tarxien 2004.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.