Russian North Nuptial birchbark crown of XVII-XVIII centuries
Russian North Nuptial birchbark crown of XVII-XVIII centuries. Birchbark crowns were pinned to the heads of the bride and groom during the wedding ceremonies. Such marriage ritual objects were widespread in the XVII-XVIII centuries. Bark crown in the form of a hoop was made in Russia in the XVII century. The frontal part was adorned with the image of Christ Pantocrator surrounded by cherubs. In his left hand is a symbol of the Savior of royal power – power (the image below).
Nuptial birchbark crown of XVII century (photo from State Historical Museum Facebook page). State Historical Museum – the largest historical museum in Russia, most fully reflects its long history and culture from ancient times to the present day. Its collection formed almost a century and a half ago, there are about 5 million museum objects and 14 million sheets of documentary materials. The main building of the State Historical Museum and St. Basil’s Cathedral, as objects of Red Square, by the decision of XIV Session of UNESCO (07.12.1990) were included in the List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
Two Nuptial birchbark crowns, for the newlyweds. They say that modern newlyweds prefer to be married by these crowns, they come from capital cities, such as St. Petersburg to the small church in the village of Spitsino of Pskov region.
Crowns made of bark were abundantly decorated with beads, embroidery, pearls and precious stones.
Wedding in Toropets (Landlord comes at a Peasant Wedding). Unknown Russian artist. The end of the XVIII century. State Historical Museum, Moscow
Girl in a headdress. Birchbark Crown – a girl’s headdress. End of XIX-early XX century. Village Novaya Olshanka Nizhnedevitsky County