The Fund of Echoes of the Roma Culture in the Culture of the Major Society
The Fund of Echoes of the Roma Culture in the Culture of the Major Society collects all objects that show traces which the Roma culture has left and continues to leave in the major society. These objects include products or works of art by non-Roma artists that are meant to represent typical Roma people or refer to the Romani culture (food, clothing style, promotional items, plates, embroideries, sculptures, puppets, masquerade masks, etc.).
The oldest and most valuable collections include various plaster or ceramic statuettes from the 19th and early 20th centuries, which represent typical “Gypsies” with their essential attributes. These are for example busts a “gypsy” woman and a man made of glazed pottery from the early 20th century. The woman is wearing a purple scarf decorated with shells, while her hair, ears and neck are adorned with silver and gold coins. A pack of cards is tucked in a white shirt. The man has got a long hair and a moustache and a hat decorated with a feather and silver and golden coins, wearing on a golden locket. He is wearing a purple jacket decorated with gold and a white shirt underneath it and a violin tucked inside it.
A specific range of materials relates to food. One example is a menu offering “a Gypsy roast” or cans with a variety of “Gypsy” meals (“Gypsy” sauces, spicy salads, paté, etc.). Moreover, the fund includes e.g. notes and note materials with songs by non-Roma authors about “Gipsies” or songs composed on motives of Roma music.
At present, the fund includes about 230 acquisitions. The fund is primarily used by student researchers and expert public. The fund was also presented to a wide audience at a temporary exhibition called “Black Country – White Bread / Kaľi phuv – parno maro” in the Museum in 2005.
Those who are interested can obtain more information from the relevant curator during research visits.
Curator: Mgr. Michal Schuster