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Helliniki kasela (Greek language edition)

By Virginia Matseli and Aris Tsaravopoylos

Helliniki kasela (Greek language edition)
Hardback, 296 pages £55.00
Published: 2010
ISBN: 9789606878121
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Subjects: Anthropology, Art & Art History, Cultural and Social Studies, History

Over 500 colour illustrations. Distributed by University of Exeter Press.

For many centuries, the chest was the only piece of storage furniture to be found in the Greek home. Highly valuable as a functional item, its connection with a wide range of everyday events and the most important stations in a person's life (birth, marriage and death) gave the chest, at a very early date, a more profound, symbolical meaning in the imagination of the Greek people.

The important functional role of the chest is apparent in its decoration, which in general reflect beliefs and faith.  These beliefs differ from place to place, and this can be seen in the different manner of decoration, which may also depend on general historic and social circumstances and events, as well as the artistic tradition of the region.

Drawing on rich seams of Greek folklore and the fruits of many years of field research in every corner of Greece, they offer an in-depth interpretation of the wealth of decoration found on chests, in the hope of providing a key that will unlock the secrets of these forgotten pieces of furniture and draw out the treasures of the Greek psyche that lie concealed within them.

PREFACE Angelos Delivorrias

FOREWORD Ιoanna Papantoniou

PUBLISHERS’ NOTE Rachel and Moses Kapon

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION

PART I

THE CHEST
Historical introduction

THE CHEST IN FOLK TRADITION
Superstitions, beliefs, traditions, folk tales, songs

PRODUCTION AND USES OF THE CHEST
Kinds of chests, their production and uses
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION / ADDED FEET ON TYPE B CHESTS / LIDS /  HANDLES /  THE LOCK AND KEY / THE INSIDE COMPARTMENT / PRODUCTION OF CHESTS / USES OF CHESTS

CHESTS WITH SPECIAL USES

DECORATION
Kinds and manners of decoration, decorative motifs
PAINTED CHESTS / WOOD - CARVED CHESTS / CHESTS DECORATED WITH ADDED MATERIALS / DECORATIVE MOTIFS

DATING

PART II

THE ITINERARY
The Itinerary of research

AEGEAN ISLANDS
NORTHEAST AEGEAN Mytilene / Chios / Samos  / Ikaria
DODECANESE
CYCLADES
SPORADES Skyros / Skopelos
CRETE
IONIAN ISLANDS
PELOPONNESE
NORTHEAST GREECE Western Thrace and Macedonia
WESTERN THRACE
EASTERN MACEDONIA
CENTRAL AND WESTERN MACEDONIA
NORTHWEST MACEDONIA
EPIRUS
THE KONITSOCHORIA
POGONI
ZAGOROCHORIA
METSOVO, TZOUMERKA
WESTERN EPIRUS – SOULI

Fieldwork acknowledgements
Notes
Identity of the objects illustrated and additional information

VIRGINIA MATSELI Ethnologist
ARIS TSARAVOPOULOS Archaeologist

PREFACE: Angelos Delivorrias Director of the Benaki Museum

FOREWORD: Ιoanna Papantoniou Set Designer – Costumier, President of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Hardback , 296 pages
ISBN:
 9789606878121
Illus.

BIC Code:
 1DVG, AKR, HBJD, HBTB
BISAC Code:
  DES006000, HIS010000, HIS054000
Imprint:
 Kapon Editions


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