Vorres Folk Art Museum (Pyrgi), Paiania, Attiki, Greece

The Vorres Folk Art Museum, known as Pyrgi, created by Ian Vorres, is justly considered today as an essential unit of Greece's traditional folk art institutions.

. . . . Surveying the gardens and the interior spaces of the Museum complex, joined into a well-conceived aesthetic and impressive whole, and viewing the various categories of categories of exhibits, many quite unique, (like the best collection in Greece of the so-called "syriana" ceramics coming from the island of Syros, a special study of which is now being completed), the visitor is immediately taken by the sensitivity and refined eye of the collector and the scope of his achievement which aims at revealing the rich facets of Hellenism.

Original in concept and of particular interest are the many groups of traditional and historic exhibits made of various materials, such as millstones, decorative marble insignia, stone troughs, well-heads, carved fountains, Aegean lintels, hand wrought iron grills, candle holders, wooden wine presses, Aegean chests and trunks richly ornamented, agricultural utensils, heavy Macedonian oak doors studded with hand-made iron nails, Greek island furniture and a great variety of paintings and engravings featuring important historic events.  Also featured is a variety of earthenware from all parts of Greece, including large pots to store olive oil and wheat known as "kioupia", a multitude of hand-woven curtains, seat covers and carpets, as well as a rare selection of Greek-Roman glass vessels.  Many of these objects are shown as practical items for home living like millstones used as tables or horse troughs as vases filled with dried flowers. . . . 

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