From a Guild Chest

from 14. 7. 2016 to 25. 6. 2017

 

Guild Artifacts in Slovakia

      The era when craftsmen's guilds were playing a significant role in the economic history of Slovakia had lasted almost half a millenium. Since the Middle Ages professional groupings by master craftsmen of one or several crafts had been coming to existence in the towns in order to defend the economic and social interests of their members. Collections in the Slovak museums and archive funds include a host of artefacts related to the customs and traditions of the guilds which also represented them outwardly through their rich symbolism.