Nizhny Novgorod Ethnographic Museum

This museum has a wonderful collection of wood carvings, handmade toys, and textiles. These digital images where taken as part of a Fulbright Study Project on June 8, 2006. This webpage illustrates a few of the hundreds of wooden artifacts and ethnographic photographs in the museum.


Iron axe (left) in contrast to an iron adze (right). Primariy tools in cutting and shaping wood.



Ethnographic photographic of a woodworking shop from the early 1900s.



Iron chisels for woodworking.



Wooden chair with carved decoration.



Wooden chair with carved decoration.



Details of the decorated chair.



Folding chair.



Wooden mold with carved bird design.



Wooden mold with the design of two entwined hearts.



Decorative carving showing the fire bird.



Details of the decorated iron door hinge.



Forged iron holder for burning pine tapers. This was used for light in houses instead of oil lamps or candles.



Forged iron holder for burning pine tapers.



Forged iron fire holder mounted on a turned wooden post.



Ethnographic photograph from the early 1900s showing a traditional textile loom.



Textile loom in the museum's collection.



Details of the decoration of the textile loom.



Wooden shuttle resting on the warp threads.



Wooden drop spindles used to spin thread.



Large and small size wooden drop spindles..



Ethnographic photograph from early 1900s of a spoon carver instructing a young boy.



Ethnographic photograph of early 1900s of a man and woman working with spoons.



Ethnographic photograph from early 1900s of a group of women working with spoons.



Examples of carved and lacquered spoons.



Examples of carved and lacquered spoons.



Examples of carved and lacquered spoons.



Late 19th or early 20th century photograph of a Russian family working with wicker to make baskets and chairs.



Curved iron tools for working with reeds and cane.



A circular tray and lidded vessel made from reeds and cane.



Lidded cylindrical container made from birch bark.



Lidded cylindrical container made from birch bark.



Webpage constructed 18 January 2007