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  • #343819

    Anonymous

    In folk culture of Slavic countries ( and other European countries) the chests/boxes in which the girls were keeping their clothes and dowry take a very important place. 

    Please add dowry chests from your own country and write as well the name of it in your language. I would like to see what patterns, colours and symbolism they have in each part of Slavic world. I'm also interested if in your communities the girls or women that you know own such things or if this custom ended in our grandmother's time.

    Here are some images and links with Polish dowry chest:

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    [img width=700 height=294]http://zwiejskiegoogrodka.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/skrzynia_gorczac584ski-z-motywami-krak.jpg?w=1200&h=” />

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    http://zwiejskiegoogrodka.wordpress.com/malowane-skrzynie/#

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    http://ethnomuseum.pl/blog/2011/10/07/skrzynia-wianna-spersonalizowana/

    [img width=700 height=465]http://www.przelom.pl/media/fotorep/foto_287_5.jpg” />

    http://www.przelom.pl/galeria/287_5/Skrzynia-na-wiano-dla-panny-mlodej/

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    http://izbapamieci.gminazamosc.pl/izbapamieci/resource_show/31/

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    http://wiano.eu/view/619/

    #392022

    Anonymous
    #392023

    Anonymous

    We call it škrinja or sometimes kovčeg.

    Some Serbian ones

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    [td][img height=300]http://virtuelnimuzejdunava.rs/upload/thumbs/images/items/Stari_zanati/13725,-skrinja,-kolor,-Beli-Manastir_1340x1495.jpg” />[/td]
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    [td][img height=250]http://srbija.aladin.info/offer/3/2/32532.jpg” />[/td]
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    [td][img height=250]http://www.mrkojevici.me/galerije/etno/velike/sl.24%20-%20skrinja.jpg” />[/td]
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    Some from Croatia

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    #392024

    Anonymous

    Thanks for your contribution, it's a pleasure to look at them. I can see that the sign of Perun is quite popular when it comes about wood decorations. I saw some similar chests with the ones that you posted in a book called Traditional arts and crafts in Yugoslavia written by Nikola Pantelic and with photos by Miodrag Djordjevic. I found it in a second hand book shop and I'm very glad to have it, cause the text is in english and has very good images. It will really helps me. Do you know this book or the author?

    #392025

    Anonymous

    I googled this two from Serbia :D :
    [img height=260]http://www.gradsubotica.co.rs/images/uploaded_images/Otvorena-vrata-Bunjevke_reference_4dc585f14b8a8.jpg” />

    And this cake in form of dowry chest:
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    I remmember my grandmother had such chest.

    #392026

    Anonymous

    Сундуки from Russia

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    [img width=700 height=500]http://www.bibliotekar.ru/ruswood/17.files/image002.jpg” />

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    #392027

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    We call it škrinja or sometimes kovčeg.
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    Сундуки from Russia

    We call it kovčeg or sandak, but I never knew the word is used in Russia too.

    Never heard of skrzynia or škrinja. Does it come from the Slavic word for hide – skrie?

    #392028

    Anonymous

    I typed Сундуки on Google and I need to add some more. They are so beautiful!

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    [img width=700 height=392]http://festival.1september.ru/articles/417247/img2.jpg” />

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    #392029

    Anonymous

    In Slovene it's called Skrinja but never Kovček as that means "case". Our people used them too in old days.

    #392030

    Anonymous
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    Never heard of skrzynia or škrinja. Does it come from the Slavic word for hide – skrie?

    Polish word 'skrzynia' has a root 'skr', which means 'to hide'. We also have for example 'skrywać' – to hide, 'skryty' – secretive, hidden, 'skrytka' – hiding place.

    #392031

    Anonymous

    Oh my!! They are all sooo beautiful!! I want them all!! M sister had one from Honduras from when my father was stationed there. I never had one.

    #392032

    Anonymous
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    In Slovene it's called Skrinja but never Kovček as that means "case". Our people used them too in old days.

    Indeed. The whole dowry where these chests and other stuff were given is called Bala in Slovene. These are just few;

    [img width=700 height=380]http://perkomitja.com/Images/Skrinja1_big.jpg” />

    [img height=400]http://www.delo.si/assets/media/picture/20111110/skrinje7.jpg” />

    [img height=400]http://www.restavratorstvo-valjavec.si/media/photologue/photos/cache/srce_display.jpg” />

    [img height=400]http://ocra.si/cache/ocra/105-skrinja_po_restavratorskem_posegu-f169d010f54e2718.jpg” />

    [img height=400]http://s4.bolha.si/3/image/97052/99062/Smrekova-skrinja_4f20356357e09.jpg” />

    [img height=400]http://www.restavratorstvo-valjavec.si/media/photologue/photos/cache/srce2_display.JPG” />

    [img height=400]http://www.restavratorstvo-valjavec.si/media/photologue/photos/cache/miklavz_display.jpg” />

    [img height=400]http://www.restavratorstvo-valjavec.si/media/photologue/photos/cache/martin_display.jpg” />

    [img height=400]http://www.restavratorstvo-valjavec.si/media/photologue/photos/cache/barbara_display.jpg” />

    #392033

    Anonymous
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    Oh my!! They are all sooo beautiful!! I want them all!! M sister had one from Honduras from when my father was stationed there. I never had one.

    I have my grand grandmother's dowry chest. It's not painted, is quite simple (my grand grandmother wasn't rich), but I wouln't change it ever. It has very nice shapes and the tracks which time left on the surface it makes it charming.

    #392034

    Anonymous
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    I have my grand grandmother's dowry chest. It's not painted, is quite simple (my grand grandmother wasn't rich), but I wouln't change it ever. It has very nice shapes and the tracks which time left on the surface it makes it charming.

    What's the average sizes of dowry chests?

    #392035

    Anonymous

    They probably come in different sizes but I think 1/2 cubic meter should fit inside. ;D I've seen very tiny ones too.
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    This one's 300x110x110mm.

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    This one's 135x57x53cm and costs 450€ on Bolha.com

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    This one's 120x56x56cm and costs 110€ on Bolha.com

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