Vasile Ene

Trinket worn in honour of March 1
© ASTRA National Museum Complex Sibiu
Material/ Technique: cherry tree wood; cut, carved, treated with lacquer
Size: 3, 3 x 1, 3 cm

Ethnical group: Romanian
Region: Râmnicu Vâlcea town, Vâlcea County
Period of time: The first quarter of the 21st century; dated: 2010

Utility: In the past: ritual object with magical power, amulet; today: the symbol of the spring, gifted at the beginning of March; trinket

Description: Trinket in shape of a snow drop, made up of a stem and two leaves, a bend down flower in shape of bell with three petals; treated with lacquer; in its superior part it has a small orifice to introduce the symbolical white and red thread;

Economic sector: Worked in a homestead workshop;
On the nowadays market this type of object can be found at prices from 5 lei up. In our country, at this moment are about 300 woodcarvers, the number of workers who make this kind of trinkets (the traditional trinket was made up from a silver coin or only from the bicoloured thread), but also other types of wooden pieces of jewellery (earrings, necklaces, pendants) being on the increase due to the fact that these small things are very requested. There are about 10-15 workers that adjusted themselves to nowadays market’s demands, their number being in growth.

Source: Folk Art Galleries (Museum shop). ASTRA National Museum Complex Sibiu