Palio Dinner Plate, The Wave
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.
Recognised by Consorzio per la Tutela del Palio di Siena (Consortium for the protection of Siena’s Palio – Consorzio)
Onda (The Wave): Traditionally Onda residents were carpenters. Onda has the title of contrada capitana (captain contrada) because in the past its soldiers mounted guard at the Palazzo Pubblico. A famous member of Onda was the sculptor Giovanni Duprè, after whom the main street in Onda is named. Onda’s allies are Nicchio (since 1684), Tartuca (since 1933) and Valdimontone (since 1781). Onda's adversary is Torre (since 1559). Their motto is: “Il colore del cielo, la potenza dell’oceano” – “The color of the sky, the power of the ocean”
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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