Etnographic toys

konguzegoIn the collection there are toys  typical for folk toys industry in Poland (horses, ,,klepaki”-clappers – wooden butterflies or birds on wheels; when pushed with a long stick they roll clapping their wings and also a clay toys) and folk exhibits from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It is the largest collection of folk toys in Poland. All are made from natural materials, using the old carpenter’s tools ,,chisel”, ,,kozik” (simple wooden handled pocket knife, similar to French opinel), ,,kobyłka”. Everything is hand crafted and painted. Ethnographic collection of toys made by Stanisław Naróg from Brzoza Stadnicka, representative a Leżajsk folk toys industry centre. Initially Stanisław Naróg used manufacturing toys for family and friends. Children liked his carriages, horses and merry-go-rounds so much so that soon he started selling them. Finally producing toys has become his primary source of income. The author introduced new patterns to his works, original designs and inventions. Many of these were made in only a few copies. Sculptures in miniature ad folk toys industry made by Jan Puk – an  author residing in Trześnia near Sandomierz. The first part of the collection are buildings. He carves his chapels, cottages and farmhouses using the natural shapes of wood, grain system, layout of knots. The Museum has a large collection of Puk’s rattles of various shapes: hearts, cylinders, squares, two tablespoons connected together. Jan Puk is a country folk enthusiast, the great expert on old rural customs,a prattler and a poet and finally a documentalist of his work. The collection of clay sculptures  is made by participants of Circle of Folk Fine Arts from Elementary School in Medynia Głogowska. The oldest art works occurred in our collection in the 80s. These are small figures of saints, pilgrims, working people. Then fairy-tale houses, mysterious characters and animals joined the collection. The supervisor of the Circle of Folk Fine Arts is Jan Kot, who has been teaching children a difficult pottery since the 80s.