Arkhangelskye Kozuly. Part 5

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Except for New Year symbols, masters created complex compositions on the themes of town life. On the picture — absolutely handmade cookie by ArtResheto.

The variety of “kozuly” was determined by their sizes and a wide range of gingerbread characters. Silhouette gingerbreads inherited from their peasant ancestors — modelled figures, not only the name, but also the initial structure of the imagery of animals. With the passage of time a traditional circle of images was increased: gingerbread Father Frost, fur-trees, angels, Christmas Star appeared. Except for New Year symbols, masters created complex compositions on the themes of town life: coat of arms the Russian State, baskets with flowers, horse-drawn vehicles with gentlemen and young ladies. Much later subject-matters from animated cartoons; the images, connected with space and many other things became worth depicting. Everything, that occurs significant in the town, in the country, that evokes interest in buyers, is reflected in the creative work of masters of gingerbread art. The uniqueness of this original craft consists in the fact, that with appearance of new modern subjects ancient traditional images continue to exist. Horses, deer, birds — the main characters of “kozuly”, continue to remain favourite among folk masters.

ARKHANGELSKYE KOZULY
History, tradition, modernity
Arkhangelsk, 2006

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