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Medieval Reverse Painted Tray

Style on your coffee table, rest on the mantle as an art piece at the ready-to-serve tea and snacks—The Medieval Reverse Painted Tray is ethically handcrafted by artisans of Manos Amigos in Peru, a unique wedding, housewarming, or anniversary gift. Inspired by the majestic cathedrals of Lima, where it's made, the technique for reverse glass painting dates back to the middle ages and requires great care and skill. The surface we see is handpainted first and then layered over, so mistakes cannot be corrected. The artisan's design is silk-screened onto the reverse side of the glass. The details are painted first, then larger color areas, and lastly, a background color is the final layer. It takes great skill and years of apprenticeship to learn this heritage art. 


  • Materials: Glass, MDF
  • Measures: 15"D
  • Colors: Blue, turquoise, gray, rust, with gold detailing
  • Care: Wipe clean
  • Notes: As a handcrafted piece, it is one-of-a-kind. Slight variations in color are expected, making each one entirely unique. 
  • Handcrafted in Peru

SKU: 6116520


Deep and lasting relationships are essential to this family-run business, whose name means "hands joined in friendship." They bring the wares of 60 workshops across Peru - gourd carvers, ceramicists, jewelry makers and reverse-painted glass artisans - to market. They create a variety of exquisite handicrafts that tell stories of tradition and resilience. "I want to keep going, keep working to get ahead. My work is a happiness." - Eulogio Medina

Welcome to our global maker-to-market movement where, together with 20,000 artisans, we ignite social change. We create opportunities for individuals, families, and communities in developing countries to thrive through strong relationships, fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.