The Pavurs, also called helicopters, pints, flat etc., are lead-tin vessels that were most actively used in the period of the XNUMXth - XNUMXth centuries. They were most often used for drinking brandy, but also for carrying holy water during Hajilak (visiting the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem) . They are made by casting, where all parts of the vessel are made separately and then joined together.

The shape of the vessels is diverse - round, rectangular, hexagonal or octagonal. Inscriptions are often engraved – an expression of the traditional practice of gifting masterfully crafted and signed dishes.

Their ornaments are rich and varied. In addition to the widely represented geometric and plant motifs, Christian symbolism is also often found. St. George the Victorious is often depicted, represented on a horse, holding a spear in his right hand, with which he pierces the dragon (the llama). In folk representations, the saint is revered for his power and might and in his role as patron and protector against demonological beings on the one hand, and heavenly patron of Christians on the other.

In addition to the image, Christian symbolism is also represented by the shape of the vessel. An example of this is the pavura in the shape of a fish. Behind this rare execution of judgment lies the identification of the Greek word for fish "ICHTHIOS" with Jesus Christ, read in the early centuries of Christianity as an abbreviation of the phrase "Jesus Christos Theos Ios Sotir" i.e. "Jesus Christ God's Son Saviour". Later, it was also accepted that the fish, which is a water creature, also symbolizes Holy Baptism, and when it is in the form of a vessel, it represents the Eucharist (communion). In folk beliefs, the fish is associated with water, the depths and the underworld.

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