Palio Small Plate, The Giraffe


Giraffa (The Giraffe): Traditionally, Giraffa residents were painters. Giraffa has the title of contrada imperiale (imperial contrada). This title was bestowed on it by King Vittorio Emanuele III when it won the palio in 1936, the year the race was dedicated to Italy's empire in East Africa. Its allies are Civetta, Istrice and Pantera. It currently does not have an enemy, as its rivalry with Bruco ended in 1996. Their motto is: “Più alto è il capo, maggiore la gloria” – “The higher the head, the higher the glory”

Recognised by Consorzio per la Tutela del Palio di Siena (Consortium for the protection of Siena’s Palio – Consorzio)

Diameter: 9in; 23cm
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.



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