An amphora from Dark Cave

An earthen amphora from the Dark Cave

Late Stone Age, Eneolit, Baden culture, turn of the 4th and the 3rd millennia BC.
Venue of the find: Žehra – Dark Cave (Spiš Castle Hill)
Material, technique: earth, modelling, fluting, polishing
Restored probably in the 1970’s, no more detailed information is available; repeated restoration in 2017 – surface modification (Mgr. art. Martin Rosenberger, SNM-Spiš Museum in Levoča)

A vessel with a belly-shaped bulge and a high cylindrical neck, slightly turned outwards, shaped in a free hand. Its present appearance is a result of the reconstruction. Originally, it was a large fragment of approximately one third of the vessel circumference, the remaining part has been added. The original torso had an ear with a vertical opening at the point of its biggest bulge. During the reconstruction three analogical ears have been added on the circumference of the vessel. Below the neck, as well as at the edges, there is a decoration in the form of a running row of dots made by slanted stabs. The body of the vessel is decorated by vertical fluting. The bottom is flat, without an indent. The vessel is made of fine black and brown earth. The surface was originally polished.

Story of a hat 2

Felt form (model) for a hat
Felt semi-product for the production of a hat

Probably the early half of the 20th century
Spiš Felt, felting, height 22 cm, perimetre 101 cm

Felt brown semi-product for the production of a hat. The semi-product is of a bell-like shape, the top is round, widening downwards. By means of forms and hatmaking techniques finished products – hats – used to be made from such semi-products.

Felt form (model) for a hat
Felt semi-product for the production of a hat

Probably the early half of the 20th century
Spiš Felt, felting, height 27 cm, perimetre 90 cm

Felt light brown semi-product for the production of a hat. The semi-product is of a bell-like shape, the top is round, widening downwards. By means of forms and hatmaking techniques finished products – hats – used to be made from such semi-products.

Hat
Krisak/Grisak

Early 20th century
Spiš (probably Levoča or Spišské Podhradie), place of usage Torysky
Felt, felting, colouring and various hatmaking techniques, outside perimetre – 79,5 cm

An archaic type of hat with a turned up brim which used to be called krisak/grisak, from grisa – brim in Spiš. Such hats used to be part of everyday and festive traditional male clothing in Central Spiš roughly until the beginning of the 20th century, or the interwar period, respectively.

Krisak
Hat/Krisak/Grisak

Early 20th century
Spiš/Šariš (probably Spišské Podhradie or Lipany), place of usage Blažov
Felt, felting, colouring and various hatmaking techniques, outside perimetre – 77 cm

An archaic type of hat with a turned up brim which used to be called krisak/grisak, from grisa – brim in Spiš. Such hats used to be part of everyday and festive traditional male clothing in Central Spiš roughly until the beginning of the 20th century, or the interwar period, respectively.

Wedding feather
Braldijanovo pirko/Pirko z rozmarije (Braldijan’s feather/feather made of rosemary

1991
Ordzovany Rosemary twigs, ribbons, width – 16, 5 cm, height – 40 cm

This wedding feather is made of nine rosemary twigs fixed by thin wires. In equal distances, in the downward direction, there are small multicoloured „roses“ on the twigs, made of purchased ribbons. The bottom part of the feather is set into a kind of tunnel by which it used to be fixed to the hat and there is also a wide purple ribbon with a red-green acant ornament. The feather used to be fixed to the hat – grisak, while the ribbon was hanging over the hat brim towards the back.

Production

Story of a hat
Vešeľe v Uložu (A Wedding in Uloža)
Na ľevockej hure (At the Levoča Mount)
Na ľevockej hure (At the Levoča Mount)
Design and comfort
Let there be light
Rohbock’s vedutas. A captured place.
Story from a garage
At the foot of the Spiš Castle
These few lines
With artistic talent and aristocratic origin
St. John’s wort
In the country of shards

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The following professional museum staff has been involved in the design of the exhibition:

PhDr. Mária Novotná                                                      museum director and art historian



PhDr. Dáša Uharčeková Pavúková                                deputy museum director and art historian

Mgr. Zuzana Jánošíková,Ph.D.                                      art historian

Mgr. Peter Kováč                                                           ethnologist

Mgr. Lucia Laciňáková                                                  librarian

Mgr. Martina Macejová                                                 documentarist

Mgr. Martin Stejskal                                                     archaeologist

Mgr. art. Martin Rossenberger                                      pottery restorer

Mgr. Vanda Stašiková                                                   museum educationalist and artist

Mgr. art. Matúš Lányi                                                   artist and graphic designer

Mgr. art. Denis Sater                                                    artist and graphic designer

Administration:

Ing. Zdenka Sninčáková, head of the department

Bc. Adriana Bašistová, officer VO

Peter Mojdek, artisan – carpenter

Peter Dobrovič, maintenance

Pavol Gonda, property manager

Ľubomír Liščák, artisan

Slavomír Repaský, maintenance

Mária Gibľáková, Janka Kešeľáková, Ľuboslava Javorská – cleaners

Economic department:

Ing. Peter Uhrinovský, head of the department

Zuzana Citterová, finance officer

Ing. Ľudmila Kokoruďová,

Ing. Eleonóra Budzáková,

Ing. Lýdia Kapustová, personnel officer