Black Chamber, Museum of Mountaineers and Brigands

Up to a dozen people could live in one house and they spent most of their time at home in this room. Wide beams sawn in half lengthwise and a carved beam running through the middle of the ceiling were signs of the landlord's wealth. There was a stove without a chimney inside and smoke coming from it made the upper parts of the room black. The smoky dark interior was illuminated by colourful images on glass placed under the ceiling. It was customary for wandering painters called ‘obraźnik’ to pray for good sales in each host’s dwelling. It was believed that the more holy paintings were in the house the better it was protected. Articles of everyday use are on display in the room: a spinning wheel for making threads and yarn, a tub, washboard and washing paddle for the laundry, a wringer and a coal iron, mortars used for crushing salt and producing groats as well as presses for straining water from cheese. All tasks were done manually as no electricity or mechanical equipment was available. Attention is also drawn to the old, beautifully carved sideboard, painted clothes chests and shelves with local ceramics. The mountaineers made their articles of daily use themselves and carved various patterns on them such as geometric figures, rosettes or floral motifs.

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