Add to favorite
 
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS


Zhbannikovo Clay Whistle Toy
August 20, 2009 16:04


Zbannikovo toy is a traditional folk handicraft spread in the villages of Zhbannikovo, Rompino, Ryzhukhino and other settlements of the Gorodetski District of the Nizhni Novgorod Region. Clay whistles in the shape of birds, rams, goats, etc. is a very old kind of a charm toy. With the help of amusing whistles out ancestors kept evil spirits off and attracted good ones.

The Zbannikovo toy handicraft sprang up in the early 20th century. The local clay whistles gained fame in the 1930s, when new kinds of toys appeared in addition to the traditional ones, such as horsemen, for example, and the peculiar painting style, still preserved in the modern toys, took shape.

Zhbannikovo toy is modeled with hands, without any special tools. Zhbannikovo toys are recognizable with their distinct shape: the trunks of all figurines look like clay pyramids on three legs of base.

Quaint combination of colours in painting is created with use of dark enamel paints as the background, against which brighter spots are painted. Some details of the figurines are “silvered” with aluminum powder. The palette of Zhbannikovo whistles is utterly symbolic. Thus, white is the colour of life, red is the colour of warmth, yellow stands for bread and wealth, black embodies fertility, green is for growth and health, and blue is for the sky and fulfillment of wishes.

Presently in the villages of Zhbannikovo, Rompino, and Ryzhukhino they make over forty kinds of these painted clay whistles. One can see an array of works by Zhbannikovo masters and learn about the history of this handicraft in the Nizhny Novgorod Region Handicrafts History Museum (43, Bolshaya Pokrovskaya st., Nizhny Novgorod)

Sources:
    rukukla.ru
    wiki


Tags: Russian Arts and Crafts Ceramics Folk Toys Whistles  

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Vera Mukhina, Queen of Soviet Sculpture Gzhel Ceramics History of Russian fine arts 10 Most Beautiful Mansions of Moscow, Part 2 Yelets Lace





comments powered by Disqus




Comment on our site


RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

Russian Parliament in Action

search on the map
TAGS:
Travel conference  Russian tourism  Criminal Penalty  Numismatics  Russian Cinema  Russian history  Kirov Region  the Crimea  Moscow Theatres  Russian business  Japan  Yekaterinburg Monuments  Exhibitions in Moscow  Shtokman field  Ilya Frank  CIS  |Nizhny Novgorod  Ski Resort  International Water Color Exhibition  New Year celebrations  Ryanair  Moscow  Vladimir Vysotsky  Evgeny Mironov  Tractor  Sochi beaches  Sokolniki  Painting  Russian football  Vladimir Solovyov  Archeology  Russian Literature  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Sochi  Climate  Ataman  Alexander Pushkin  Russian aviation  Graffiti  Krasnodar Territory  ecology  Yandex  Resources  Space Exploration  Kazan  Sinead Breslin  Russian Film Directors  Red Arrow  XIV Architecture Biennale  Russian regions 


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites