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Distaff
© ASTRA National Museum Complex Sibiu
Material/ Technique: fir tree wood, oil colours, carved, shape on a lathe
Size: 1,91cm

Ethnical group: Saxon
Region: Sibiu county, Transylvania
Period of time: The last quarter of the 19th century, dated: 1888
Utility: Auxiliary tool used in spinning, having the role to hold the bundle of fibres (wool, hemp or linen) It has multiple symbols: usually made by the young man (painted with great skill and sensitivity) as a gift and a sign of love for his future fiancée; it is also an emblem of the married woman, kept in the so called “good room”.

Description: Distaff made of a fir tree rod, cylinder shape; with “chair”; the rod is painted on the entire surface, more intensely in the upper half. Decorative registers, disposed vertically like a meander composed by floral motifs: carnations, roses, bells. In the middle are two “medallions” in shape of crown; in the center of one medallion appear the initials S.M. Under the round
shaped carved top of the rod appears the German inscription: ANDENKEN (MEMORY) and the year the distaff was made:
1888. On its lower part it has a stool with three legs.

Economic sector: Worked in household; Unfortunately, on the nowadays Romanian market this type of object is no longer manufactured.

Source: Wood. Metal Collection (Inventory No. 2764 L), Emil Sigerus Saxon Ethnography Museum. ASTRA National Museum Complex Sibiu