The exhibition "Feathers, apples and a grain of salt - Christmas jewelry from the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb" will open at the Rupe granary on Thursday, November 21st at 6 pm.
The exhibition presents the Christmas jewelry of the Ethnographic Museum's holdings from the late 19th and 20th century and the idea is to present its types, different ways of making and decorating it. The absence of such practices in particular periods and regions of Croatia is also taken into account. The visitors will see ornaments made with different materials and techniques, divided into two large groups, one jewelry made at home for personal use and one serially made for sale.
Like all other traditions and customs, ways of celebrating Christmas are constantly changing, so with time Christmas jewelry changes too. This change is conditioned by the diversity of available materials and techniques, while the style, place and method of production reflect the spirit and taste of the time in which they were created, as well as the socio-economic circumstances.
Was the greenery just a decoration or did it also have a certain apotropic function that disappeared over time? The exhibition also focuses on the Christmas greenery and especially the Christmas tree with different meanings that have been attached to it throughout history. The exhibition will raise the question of the age of the traditions as we know them today.