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Culture Traditional forms of Art - Professions Silver work Epirus Metsovo

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A characteristic example of this period is the small silver and gold plated jug from the Museum of Folk Art in Metsovo (16th c.?). Its design, with the quite protruding belly, the ring-shaped base and the smaller in diameter round lip, the abstract dιcor and the Turkish seal it bears indicate a Constantinople workshop. Indeed, this type of vessel is widely distributed in the Turkish dominion.
From the same period (17th c.) also salvaged, among others, is a silver censer at the Museum of Folk Art in Metsovo. The work is characterized by the integrity of the design and the careful construction. Characteristic is its church-shaped lid, the animal-shaped capitals on the arcs that frame the figures of the Apostles, and its design in general. Various techniques were used in its construction: hammering, engraving, embossed and perforated décor.
Along with the ecclesiastical works, the construction of jewelry and other objects sees a particular flourishing and the products are adapted to the demands of the times. The increase of trade and the constant trips leads to the creation and sale of objects associated with the needs of a trip of financially prosperous merchants. Here we may mention a cutlery case for traveling (17th – 18th c.), found today at the Museum of Folk Art in Metsovo. It is made of wood, leather and silver. More specifically, its silver decoration bears a complex plant décor, etched and embossed as well as savati. Also from the same collection originates a pan of the 17th century, low with a button without décor, while the remaining space is covered with honeysuckles.