Palio Dinner Plate, The Crested Porcupine
These plates are a celebration of the Palio—a wild and intoxicating horse race that takes place in the main piazza of Siena, Italy. Each piece displays a symbol that correlates to one of the teams, based on the different districts in the city.
Istrice (The Crested Porcupine): Traditionally Istrice residents were blacksmiths. Istrice’s adversary Contrada is the "Lupa" (She-wolf), since 1934. Allied Contradas are "Bruco", "Chiocciola", "Civetta" and "Giraffa". It's motto is: "Sol per difesa io pungo" (I prick only for self-defense). Istrice has the title of Contrada Sovrana (Sovereign Contrada). It was bestowed this title by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta as a result of it headquartering the order during the 14th century.
The Templars Mansion is located in its territory in Via Malta. Their motto is: “Solo per la difesa I multa” – “Only for defense I stung”
Diameter: 11in; 28cm
Material: Glazed Ceramic
Care: Dishwasher safe
About the Maker
Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Palio horse race is an amalgamation of complex events, traditions, and customs that have amassed over centuries and serve as the social bedrock of the city. Each of Siena's city districts (or Contrade) is named after an animal or symbol with a long history and complicated heraldic and semi-mythological associations. This collection is produced by a family run business founded in Siena. They come from a long line of artisans and craftsmen dating back to 1450, who made armor, coats of arms, and flags. The studio is one of the last that produces handmade, traditional Sienese artisanal pieces.
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