Ore Mountain folk art
Ore Mountain folk art (German: Erzgebirgische Volkskunst) is a well-known form of highly artistic wood carving from East Germany. Typical creations include Christmas decorations and products such as wooden miners' figures (Bergmannsfigur), Christmas angels (Weihnachtsengel), Reifendrehen figures of animals made by wood turning, smoking figures (Räuchermann), Christmas mountains (Weihnachtsberge) and Christmas pyramids (Flügelpyramiden), as well as candle arches (Schwibbogen), nutcrackers, and music boxes. Even today these are made entirely by hand, primarily in small craft businesses.
The centre for the manufacture of Ore Mountain folk art lies in the region around the village of Seiffen, which is also known as the Toy Corner (Spielzeugwinkel). Here most of the manufacturers have joined Dregeno, the association of woodcarvers, sculptors, wood and toy makers. One of the largest collections of folk art is at the Ore Mountain Toy Museum in Seiffen. In the neighbouring village of Neuhausen is the first nutcracker museum in Europe, which houses more than 5,000 examples, the largest collection of nutcrackers in the world.
The logo of the craftsmen is a miner on a rocking horse.
- Manfred Bachmann: Holzspielzeug aus dem Erzgebirge, Verlag der Kunst, Dresden 1984
- Werner Pflugbeil: Zur geschichtlichen Entwicklung der bergmännischen Holzschnitzerei im Erzgebirge. In: Sächsische Heimatblätter Heft 1/1972, p. 5-11
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- Association of Ore Mountain Artist-Craftsmen and Toymakers (Verband Erzgebirgischer Kunsthandwerker und Spielzeughersteller) (in German)
- Ore Mountain Toy Museum, Seiffen (in German)
- Nutcracker Museum, Neuhausen (in German)
- Museum of miners' folk art, Schneeberg (in German)
- Museum Manufactory of Dreams, Annaberg (in English)
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