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“Xomblia. Frills and Ornaments”

Start Date: December 18, 2018
End Date: June 2, 2019
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Description

Group art exhibition (18/12/2018 – 2/6/2019), inspired by the collections of traditional costumes and jewelry of the National Historical Museum.

June-October 2019: The exhibition will be presented at the Lazaros Kountouriotis Historical Mansion in Hydra.

The National Historical Museum, during the almost 14 decades of its activity, has collected a large number of characteristic and rare works of traditional Greek art, handmade creations representative of their time and of the collective Neohellenic spirit. Works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, they echo a period of economic, social and cultural development for Hellenism.
Some of these works are displayed in the Museum’s permanent exhibition in Athens, as well as in the Historic Mansion of Lazaros Koundouriotis, its annexe on Hydra.
Jewellery and embroideries which cover the entire body had, among other things, an essential purpose, outcome of primeval fears and needs. They were the good wishes that accompanied the owner in important moments in her life and averted evil. The motifs include symbols of longevity, fertility and abundance, such as fruits, pomegranates, trees of life, flower-filled plant-pots, heraldic birds, ships, amuletic symbols such as the cross, and apotropaic symbols, such as the mermaid, dragon, double-headed eagle. These were complemented by colourful semiprecious stones as well as the tinkling of chains, florins and all manner of pendent ornaments.
To a great degree it is these ornaments that differentiate a traditional costume even within the same area, depending on the age and social status of the wearer.
So the ornaments, which correspond to social dictates rather than to personal choice, functioned as a kind of code from which a person’s position in society was immediately apparent.
Today, in such a different age from that in which they were created and used, the special adornments of each costume acquire a unique aesthetic value in their own right, understood and appreciated by sensitive beholders. It is the Museum’s joy and honour that this enduring value continues to be acknowledged and to inspire.

Event categories: exhibitions.

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