While ogling the beautiful arts and crafts on Swahili Imports, I learned about the fixe technique. A reverse glass painting art form* rooted in Senegal's Islamic history, fixe reaches back through centuries and across borders. The creations pictured here are made by artisans in Dakar and available to purchase on Swahili Imports.
From the Swahili Imports website:
"One school of modern fixe painters focuses on portraits. Signare paintings [such as those in the plates pictured] were typically inspired by Senegalese women who married foreign dignitaries, and over time their images become iconic of wealth and power."
How about that: social commentary with dinner!
* The artist paints on the inner side of the glass, rather than on the outer surface.