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The presented object is a spherical pitcher with a short, narrow neck to which a convex handle is attached. Its lower edge reaches only down to the upper part of the body, without disturbing the graceful spherical shape. In this type of narrow-necked pitchers usually beverages like mead and wine were served. Upper Orava – in the part located on the Polish side – did not have its own pottery workshop, but it was easily supplied with these products at nearby fairs until World War I, mainly in Trzciana (Tyrstyna).

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The presented object is a spherical pitcher with a short, narrow neck to which a convex handle is attached. Its lower edge reaches only down to the upper part of the body, without disturbing the graceful spherical shape. In this type of narrow-necked pitchers usually beverages like mead and wine were served. Upper Orava – in the part located on the Polish side – did not have its own pottery workshop, but it was easily supplied with these products at nearby fairs until World War I, mainly in Trzciana (Tyrstyna).
The traditional Orava interior was equipped with over a dozen such colourful, corpulent, beautifully vaulted pitchers with bulky handles. Empty ones were hung on the pegs of shelves attached to the wall and called listwy [slats], and then a row of hanging pitchers formed a kind of ornamental frieze with rounded lines, beautiful subdued colours, which stood against the backdrop of smoke-blackened walls. Such interior furnishings could be found in Orava until the 1970s. In old wooden buildings, such decor was mandatory until the end of the building’s existence. Nowadays that traditional construction has disappeared, it is extremely rare.

Elaborated by the Orava Ethnographic Park Museum in Zubrzyca Górna, © all rights reserved

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