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Zuzana Francová: Animal Decorations In Western Slovak Faience

Jug by Ferdiš Kostka, 1930sZoomorphic shapes appear in prehistoric ceramics and have managed to maintain a permanent place in the artistic culture of later periods. Along with clearly decorative work, vessels were also made in zoomorphic shapes. Zoomorphic motifs did not appear in original habana faience (found in the territory of Southern Moravia), but started to appear during the 18th century along with the process where original habana faience became commonly used in folk art. The most popular animal motifs were deer and birds. Later, the motifs of domestic animals started to appear more frequently, mainly bulls (usually in a composition with a ploughman and bulls), cows, less frequently a shepherd with sheep.Faience from Holíč is a separate chapter in which vessels in the shape of pheasants, hens and cocks, ducks and geese were also produced. Jugs and bottles in the shape of a parrot were also widespread. Zoomorphic motifs are also known in the production of well-known western Slovak jug-making workshops (Boleráz, Košolná, Dechtice, Stupava), and also from Modra and the creations of Ferdiš Kostka.




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