In Europe Windows of houses before Christmas are often decorated with lamps. In some parts of Germany these lamps are particularly beautiful.
This German lamp is called Schwibbogen.
This wooden chandelier in the form of an arch is a tradition of the Erzgebirge (Ore mountains) miners. The ore mountains are known for their folk crafts, especially wood carving and toy making.
In the pre-Christmas time, walking through the German streets, it is difficult not to notice in every second window the lights of schwibbogen. In the dark season it was a symbol of the miners longing for sunlight. After all, in winter, the mountain workers went down to the mine when it was still dark, and returned home when the sun had long since set. This life in the dark, of course, very soon affected the health of the miners. Each schwibbogen candle stood for a miner's lantern brought from the mine. Only if all the candles on schwibbogen were burning, it meant that all the miners in the family were alive and well.
The oldest known schwibbogen was made in 1740 from metal. After the Second World War these chandeliers were made of wood. Now they are most often with light bulbs instead of candles. The motifs on schwibbogen tell about the life of miners or animals in the local forests. Popular motifs are also Christmas stories.
How to keep
The lamp is made of high quality plywood with a thickness of 4 mm. Sent unassembled. There is nothing complicated in the Assembly. It is recommended as a blank for self-painting. Powered by 3 "finger" AA batteries. Electrician included (without batteries).
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