German Nutcracker King, 37 cm, natural wood, original Erzgebirge by Seiffener Volkskunst
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Erzgebierge is a unique region with a low mountain range in the east of Germany, a homeland of Nutcracker King.
Making of handcrafted wooden items was a way of living for locals since 18th century. Typical motifs are Kings, Soldiers and Policemen. By giving these authorities the character and look of a nutcracker the Erzgebirge craftsmen expressed some protest and criticism without risking their lives. The nutcracker also served as a caricature of rulers.
Later Nutcracker became a main character in a fairytale written by Hoffman who was inspired by this little unique character and decided to perpetuate a figure of enchanted soldier with a kind heart.
The story was an inspiration for Tchaikovsky too - he created music for an amazing ballet based on this fairytale.
Nowadays the Nutcracker King is connected to the warmth of home, to the traditions and the celebration of Christmas. It’s your choice to use it as a unique and beautiful device for nut cracking or to build a new tradition and pass it on to the future generations.
made and painted by hand
made in Germany (Erzgebierge)
Seiffener Volkskunst - Genuine folk art
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