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Exhibition: Parade and Decorated Arms

The collections of Cracow Saltworks Museum Wieliczka feature a set of parade mining arms: axes (battle axes), sabres and staffs. This set became an inspiration for organizing an exhibition which shows the beauty of arms throughout centuries – from prehistoric weapons, through noblemen’s weapons, hunting weapons to modern equipment.
Weapons are usually associated with something ominous and dangerous; they are used for inflicting wounds and cause death. Yet this is only one side. The exhibition entitled “Parade and Decorated Arms” draws attention to another aspect of weapons – their beauty. From most distant times until modernity, weapons testified to social standing of their owners; they were a proof of prestige, wealth and were supposed to add splendour. Axes were produced already in the Younger Stone Age – very precisely made – which bear almost no signs of use. In the Bronze Age, sabres, axes and sceptres with daggers were created with meticulous decorations and intricate designs. At the exhibition, visitors can become acquainted with various decoration techniques: etching, chiselling, embossing and encrustation (with gold, silver, horn, mother-of-pearl, coral and turquoise) and take a look at inscriptions, drawings, animal and geometric ornaments placed on weapons.

The exhibition is supplemented by paintings presenting oriental weapons and noblemen’s portraits where armours and sabres were a very important element.

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Exhibition from July 8 to September 30, 2011

Exhibition: Parade and Decorated Arms

  • Program regionalny
  • województwo maloposkie
  • Unia Europejska
The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013