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Trinacria Wall Plate

Code: GH296TR
This wall plate features a Trinacria, the three-legged symbol of Sicily. Medusa, the Patron Goddess of the island, with her snake hair and golden wings, is at the center of three running legs. Read more about this popular Sicilian symbol in the description below.

Descriptions & details

Trinacria, aka Triskelion, aka Trinacris, is the ancient name of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The name derives from the Greek word trinakria, meaning "three-pointed", which refers to the triangular shape of the island.

Today, it is mainly used to describe the emblem of Sicily, a three-legged figure with a winged head of Medusa at the center. According to legend, the emblem represents the three capes of Sicily: Peloro, Pachino and Lilibeo. The emblem also symbolizes the three natural elements of Sicily: land, sea and fire. The winged head of Medusa is a reminder of the mythological origins of Sicily, when Perseus killed the Gorgon and threw her head into the sea, creating the island. The emblem has been used as a symbol of Sicily since the 13th century and is still present on the flag of Sicily today.

This wall plate is hand-painted by Ghenos, a talented Sicilian artist from Messina. Minor variations from the above picture are a sign and proof of human touch, making each and every piece unique.

Handmade & hand-painted in Messina, Italy
Material: ceramic

The artist

Ghenos is a small artisan studio in Messina, whose fame has spread far and wide. Their hand painted tiles, tableware, and home decor accents decorate villas in Capri, mansions in Paris and swimming pools in New Orleans. Inspired by traditional Sicilian pottery, with a penchant for Baroque, Ghenos designs are elaborate, rich in details and colors. Their knowledge of local art and crafts is reflected in the details of their work which is unique and very special.

Located in the North-East of Sicily, a stone's throw from the continent, Messina has been a center of pottery making for millennia. In the past few centuries, most artisans have moved to neighboring towns and villages, such as Taormina and Santo Stefano di Camastra, which certainly attract more tourists than Messina. However, the beauty and quality of the ceramics we found in Messina are extraordinary, just like the incredible talents of their makers.

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