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Martin Mešša: Gifts of love

One of decorated washing dolliesWooden dollies for mangling and washing were popular love gifts in the past. Owing to their decoration, many of them have become sought after by both museums and collectors. Dollies as love gifts are not a Slovak specific, similar gifts were given to great grandmothers in Hungary, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Romania as well as Sweden, Norway, France, Bohemia, Moravia and Poland. They were not specific to villages, but Renaissance, Baroque as well as Rococo decorativeness also proves them to be love gifts in the cities. Decorated wooden washing and mangling dollies are proof of folk artistic expression and a tangible proof of the vanished ways of expressing attraction in European culture.




Further articles in the magazine Craft, Art, Design 04/2004:


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