Năruja household, Jud. Vrancea, sec. the nineteenth

At the end of the 19th century, the Năruja commune was part of the old Vrancea district from the Putna county, found in Vrancea Mountains, outside the Carpathians Curvature. The main occupation of the inhabitants of the area is shepherding, as it can be seen in the house inventary: a wooden pail for water, a pail for milk, churns and other numerous pastoral vessels.
The dwelling belonging to villager Luca Țigănușu from Năruja was transferred in the museum in 1957. With an elevation suited to uphill terrains, the house preserves an architectural typology based on simplicity and functionality.
The specific architectural element of the house is represented by the side porch projected outside the walls plan, enclosed by a nicely fretted parapet (“zăstalniță”).
The house plan includes two rooms: a very narrow one at the entrance (the foyer), assigned to store tools and various materials used in the household, and a larger one, the actual home, having multiple functions: kitchen, work room, bedroom, guests-receiving space. The assembly made of the open hearth (found at the ground level and placed towards the centre of the room), the stone oven and the high chimney (made of clayed rods) represents a proof of the late historical evolution.
The special interior note is given by the placement of fabrics around the walls, in several friezes made of polychrome woven wool carpets, towels and “handkerchiefs”.

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