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Material Culture Section

Material Culture Section encompasses the following systematic collections:

  • Traditional costumes (ensembles) 
  • Traditional costumes (individual garments)
  • Textile furniture
  • Textile processing utensils
  • Traditional modes of production
  • Urban furniture
  • Rural furniture
  • Pottery
  • Traditional crafts
  • Models of traditional buildings
  • Weapons
  • Jewellery
  • Toys
  • Personal items

The inventory book contains 17,450 inventory units, including 288 costume ensembles.

Exhibition The Life and Culture of the Urban Populace in 19th Century Bosnia and Herzegovina is located on the upper level of the Ethnology Pavilion. Visitors can experience domestic scenes of bygone eras in the six authentic rooms displayed here.

The ground floor houses scale-model dioramas of historical industries and communities: water wheel-powered trip hammer smithy; tannery; fulling mill (textiles); mine and village in the town of Vareš; stilt-house community near Bosanska Gradiška.

Temporary exhibitions are organised on the ground floor from time to time on a variety of themes.

Lebiba Džeko, MSc
Ethnologist specialising in urban and rural crafts
Museum advisor
Samir Avdić
Head of Department
Ethnologist specializing in traditional crafts, trades and transport
Odjeljenje za etnologiju, oružje, jatagan bjelosapac

Whitehaft yatagan

The yatagan (curved dagger) was not only a weapon carried by men every time they left the house, but also a status symbol that testified to its owner's maturity, virility, and wealth.

Odjeljenje za etnologiju, posuda za vodu, bucat

Saddle bucket

The saddle bucket used to be part of the rural household inventory. It was made by coopers, who, up until the mid-20th century, provided country households with vessels for the transport and preservation of water, milk, wine, and other liquids. 

Etnologija, materijalna kultura, bardak, Višnjica, glina, keramika, višnjička keramika

Spouted ewer

Central Bosnia is known as a location where pottery was made on a potter's wheel – the oldest technology for making ceramic objects. Without a doubt, Višnjici ceramics, also known as white ceramics, are the most famous, and are considered the most beautiful pottery in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Odjeljenje za etnologiju, narodna nošnja, ženska nošnja, anterija

Overdress (anterija)

A garment worn over an embroidered shirt, the overdress (anterija) was worn in wealthy houses, especially in cities, until the early 20th century.