Cramariuc Constantin

Dowry chest in miniature
© ASTRA National Museum Complex Sibiu
Material/ Technique: linden tree wood; cut, carved, joined in wooden nails
Size: 25, 2 x 14 cm

Ethnical group: Romanian
Region: Suceava, Moldova region
Period of time: The end of the 20th century; dated: 1999
Utility: Object used to preserve pieces of jewellery
Description: Parallelepiped shape, straight lid/cover; the sides of the dowry chest are joined together by wooden nails; geometrical adornments: straight lines, triangles; the rosette prevails; anthropomorphous motifs; natural wood colour.
Economic sector: Worked in a rural workshop, in homestead;
On the nowadays market this type of object has prices between 50-100 lei (according the meticulosity of motifs or the size of the object). In our country, at this moment are about 300 woodcarvers, the number of persons who makes carved dowry chest in miniature being about 20; there are even a few firms or family business with this interest. There is a general tendency to make this kind of objects, but in miniature size, the dowry chest being transformed this way in a jewellery box.

Source: Wood. Bone. Metal Collection (Inventory No. 3555 L), ASTRA Museum of Transylvanian Civilization. ASTRA National Muséum Complex Sibiu