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- Author Michał Plewa
- Date of production 1937
- Place of creation Sromowce Niżne, Poland
- Dimensions height: 35.5 cm, length: 14 cm, width: 10 cm
- ID no. MS/849-E
- Branch The Pieniny Mountain Museum named after Józef Szalaya in Szlachtowa
- Object copyright Nowy Sącz District Museum
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
The theme of a Pensive Christ is one of the most popular ones in folk art. The figure from the Pieniny Mountains Museum collection comes from the village of Sromowce Niżne, the population of which belongs to an ethnographic group of Pieniny highlanders. It was made in 1937 by Michał Plewa, a folk artist.more
The theme of a Pensive Christ is one of the most popular ones in folk art. The figure from the Pieniny Mountains Museum collection comes from the village of Sromowce Niżne, the population of which belongs to an ethnographic group of Pieniny highlanders. It was made in 1937 by Michał Plewa, a folk artist. Expressive in its content, the sculpture is a good example of an original work of autogenous art. Certain awkwardness of form provides it with charm and uniqueness.
Christ is presented in a sitting position. His feet are resting on a rectangular base decorated with the ornament in the shape of teeth. His unnaturally long right hand resting on the knee is bent and is barely touching his face. His face reveals extreme suffering. The head is surrounded by a crown of thorns. His left hand and legs are disproportionally short and slim in relation to the rest of the body. His ribs are strongly marked. The whole figure is covered with a long red coat with a blue perizonium (loincloth). The uncovered parts of the body are light brown.
The figure probably comes from a chapel hanging on the external wall of a residential building. It is the expression of religiousness of the folk population, in this particular case — one of the former residents of Sromowce Niżne.
The sculpture belonged in writer Jan Wiktor’s collection. It found its way to the collection in the Pieniny Mountains Museum after the death of its owner (1967), initially as a deposit of the National Museum in Kraków, and from 1982 as an exhibit at the Pieniny Mountains Museum.
Elaborated by Barbara Węglarz (Nowy Sącz District Museum), © all rights reserved