Wood carvings

Particularly interesting instances of religious wood carvings are the miniatures with biblical figures and scenes on the hand crosses and the ones destined to the Holy Mass, works of extreme finesse and skilled minuteness, which have been preserved in Moldavia since the 16th century. They are the creations of the local craftsmen, monks for the most part. Yet, the masterpiece of the wood carvings at Putna is a vestry box and not a cross. It is a piece of work of foreign origin, known as the coffin of St. John the New, carved in champleve with scenes from the Saviour’s passions, a unique work of art in the Romanian artistic heritage and one of the oldest decorative wood carvings preserved intact in Romania.