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”
Diameter: 9in; 23cm
Material: Glazed Ceramic
Care: Dishwasher safe
About the Maker
These plates are a celebration of The Palio - a wild and intoxicating horse race that takes place twice a year in that main piazza of Siena, Italy. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the race is an amalgamation of complex events, traditions and customs that have amassed over the centuries and serve as the social bedrock of the city. During the race, the city districts or Contrade - each of which is named after an animal or symbol with a long history and complicated heraldic and semi-mythological associations - compete against one another on horseback. 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 armour, coats of arms and flags. The studio is one of the last that produces handmade, traditional Sienese artisanal pieces.
Shipping & Returns
All purchases are sent by Standard Shipping. Products may be returned or exchanged within 10 days of purchase. They must be returned in the same condition in which they were bought. For more details, please review our Shipping and Returns policies or contact our Customer Service.