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Decorative Metal Crosses

decorative metal crosses

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Decorative Display of Old Hutzoul Metalwork

Decorative Display of Old Hutzoul Metalwork


The mounting of this group of metal objects was put together on a transparent perspex base in the shape of an armorial escutcheon.
The central piece, positioned diagonally, is a MARTEAU D'ARME - WAR HAMMER (probably late 18th century - early 19th century), three pectoral crosses on either side, the largest pectoral cross used at a wedding by a girl who hang it on a leather band studded with metal buttons from a military uniform of the Habsburg Army (see buttons top right, suggesting such arrangement..
The concept of the design by Constantin Roman, execution by Parisian artist Claude de Muzac (Princess de Broglie, widow of the late Minister), Paris 1980.

NOTE on the ORIGIN of the HUTZUL people of the Carpathians;
The Hutsul (Romanian - Hutul) are mountain peoples with occupations in cattle breeding, and shepherding, forestry, and timber, who live in the upper reaches of the river Prut, in Pokutia (Romanian - Pocutia). The origin of the Hutsul has been suggested to be one of the migrating peoples - Cuman, Scythian, Celtic, Gothic, Dacian, Romanian etc. However, they speak a dialect of Ukrainian and are generally thought to be Slavic, but have many Romanian influences in their language, costume and customs,

In the 9th century the political unity of the Ukraine was formed around the Poianian tribe of the Kiev region. Most of the original tribal names are only left as geographical and territorial names but in the mountainous Carpathians some diversity and traces of the old tribal characteristics have been preserved in the Slavic peoples of the Hutsul, Lemko and Boiko peoples.

The first references to the Hutsul are in the 14th century in current southern Ukraine. During the 15th century they colonised along the Prut river, over the mountains and along the Tisa river into Maramures, and along the Ceremus river towards northern Moldavia. In the 17th century they migrated across the mountains to the upper Suceava valley. By the late 17th century there were around 40 villages and further migration continued into the upper valleys of the Moldova and Bistrita rivers.

Marteau d'Arme & Orthodox Bronze Crosses, Houtzul (Hutul) Art, Eastern Carpathians

Marteau d'Arme & Orthodox Bronze Crosses, Houtzul (Hutul) Art,  Eastern Carpathians

This is a display decorative panel which I deigned and which was executed by the atelier of Claude de Muzac, in Paris, an interior designer of the 70's and 80's.
The bronze artefacts are typical of the Rusyn (Hutzul, Hutul, Houtzul) slavic people of WEestern Ukraine, Bucovina and Southern Poland and Slovakia,
There are three bronze pectoral crosses, uncannily reminiscent of the Orthodox Coptic crosses, The large cross on the right hand side of the picture was hanging of a leatherbelt decorated the metal butons from a military uniform of the Austrian empire (probably an 18th c regiment). It was used as a bridal pectoral cross at a wedding.

The marteau d'arme is a unique and most unusual piece with a wooden handle covered in fine bronze wire metalwork, The end bit which lost some of the decoration still preerves some meatl rings originally intended to hold whips, or to hang the marteau.

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