Painted front boards

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Typical bee-house with painted beehives

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Adam and Eve in Eden

Adam and Eve in Eden

Beekeepers who ordered illustrated front boards for their beehives were quite familiar with Biblical story of the creation of the world and the garden of Eden.

Job on a pale of manure

Job on a pale of manure

Biblical Job was one of the most frequently depicted patrons. In Slovenia, Job was the protector of beekeepers.

Pilgrims' Madonna

Pilgrims' Madonna

Mary as the universal protector is one of the most frequently depicted saintly personages. The oldest known beehive front board is dated 1758 and depicts the Madonna with Child.

St. Florian

St. Florian

St. Florian is one of the most frequently depicted saints on the front boards. His protection is sought against temporal and eternal fire.

Homage of the three wise men

Homage of the three wise men

The homage the three wise men paid to Jesus belongs to the beginning of the Christ cycle. In Slovenia, the feast of the Three Wise Men is celebrated as the "third Christmas".

Four evangelists

Four evangelists

The four Evangelists, the writers of Gospels, were depicted by pairs or jointly.

Good and bad confession

Good and bad confession

Confession, one of the most private human acts, represented on the beehive front board alludes to female propensity for falsehood.

Pegam and Lambergar

Pegam and Lambergar

The duel between Pegam and Lambergar, one of the oldest secular themes, is also a well known subject matter of folk songs.

Snail chasing tailors

Snail chasing tailors

Among the non-rural classes which were ridiculed in the scenes depicted on beehive front boards were often cowardly tailors performing menial work.

Hunters funeral

Hunters funeral

The theme of hunter's funeral was often depicted in graphic prints.

Fox shaving hunter

Fox shaving hunter

The theme of fox shaving the hunter in a very graphic way illustrates the Slovenian proverb "to shave (pull) someone's leg."

Sawing the hag

Sawing the hag

The custom on the Wednesday before the fast symbolized the end of the unpopular fasting period.

Bird of death

Bird of death

The theme of the bird of death may have been inspired by a copper engraving (dated ca. 1800).

Congress emperors

Congress emperors

The scene on the front board was inspired by the Ljubljana congress of 1821.

Wedding

Wedding

Wedding undoubtedly belongs among the happiest events. The most solemn occasion is the church wedding ceremony.


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