Ethnographical collection

The collection counts over 1,000 folk culture items typical of various Russian regions and dating back from the beginning of the XIX century till the middle of the XX century. The majority of items were widespread in the villages of Kolomenskoye, Dyakovo and Sadovaya Sloboda situated near the former Tsar’s residence. These items include, first of all, farming implements (wooden ploughs, hoes, polotiks, rakes, sickles, flails, etc.), beekeeping devices (smokers, hives, veils, etc.), and tools for cooking and storing food (cabbage and meat chopping knifes, tubs, grindstones, ceramic, wooden and metal tableware, boxes and baskets made of willow and canes).

Ethnographical collection items that used to be widespread in the villages

situated close to Kolomenskoye Tsar’s residence

XIX century – beginning of the XX century

Milestones in the History of Kolomenskoye exposition
at the front gate of the Tsar’s Courtyard in Kolomenskoye

Stakes for planting vegetables
Kolomenskoye, XIX century

Milestones in the History of Kolomenskoye exposition
at the front gate of the Tsar’s Courtyard in Kolomenskoye

All the collection items clearly illustrate the main activities of the villagers and the peculiarities of their culture that combined the steady local traditions with urban influence.

Among the exhibits one can see stakes that were used in the XIX and the beginning of the XX centuries for planting cabbage and potato seedlings. Such stakes can very rarely be found in museum collections and are notable for their decoration and inscriptions that indicate the time of their production and their owners.

Cabbage chopping knife,
Kolomenskoye, XIX century

The collection of items originating from the villages that have by now become part ofMoscowis very important not only for studying regional history but as well the everyday life culture ofMoscowand theMoscowregion.

Folk culture items from other Russian regions such as Arkhangelsk, Olonets, Vologda, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Kursk and other provinces replenish and extend the museum’s ethnographic collection.

This part of the collection includes various food storage and transportation devices (boxes and baskets, large fodder baskets, honey boxes), spinning and weaving tools (distaffs, spinning wheels, looms), scales and scale paraphernalia, ceramic tableware (pots, plates, jugs,), ceramic toys etc. A number of items allow the visitors to see the diversity of devices used by Russian peasants for various purposes: kartofelnitsa (potatoes draining device), pine nuts cracking “machine”, skalno (tool for yarn reeling), bellows etc.

Wattled chest

Beginning of the XX century

Painted distaffs

XIX century

Ceramic tableware

End of the XIX century – beginning of the XX century

Milestones in the History of Kolomenskoye exposition
at the Front Gate of the Tsar’s Courtyard in Kolomenskoye

The ethnographical items are made of various materials (wood, birch bark, willow, metal, ceramics) with the help of different techniques (carving, painting, lathework) that illustrate the local cultural peculiarities as well as decoration types inherent in the Russian folk art as a whole that is characterized by the perfect form and decor as well as absolute identity and uniqueness.

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