Palio Small Plate, The Crested Porcupine


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". Its 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: 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.



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