Virginia Matseli and Aris Tsaravopoulos were driven to the conviction that the chest is not solely an object of folk art, but a document of life. Their research led to the location of chests of all periods and styles all throughout Greece.
For many centuries, the chest was the only piece of storage furniture to be found in the Greek home. Highly valuable as a functional item, its connection with a wide range of everyday events and the most important stations in a person’s life (birth, marriage and death) gave the chest, at a very early date, a more profound, symbolical meaning in the imagination of the Greek people. Using this observation as their starting point, the authors of the book go beyond the systematic presentation of the general typological features of Greek chests and their local variations. Drawing on rich seams of Greek folklore and the fruits of many years of field research in every corner of Greece, they offer an in-depth interpretation of the wealth of decoration found on chests, in the hope of providing a ‘key’ that will unlock the secrets of these forgotten pieces of furniture and draw out the treasures of the Greek psyche that lie concealed within them.
Weight 2050 g Dimensions 24,5 × 27,5 cm Binding Language
Pages 296 Images 508 Drawings