Museum exhibit /Box
A carved wooden box. First half of the 1950s. It was made by Piatras-Kazis Ilgunas (born 1918), a political prisoner in UkhtIzhemLag (Komi ASSR) as a present for another political prisoner Aleksandra Bogusaite (1915-1986), who was in exile in Spassk Settlement, Karaganda oblast'. Symbols of Lithuanian independence are carved on the lid – the Gediminas Tower and the “Iron Wolf” and on the base of the box there is: “Aleksandrai Petras. Uchta 1954-X-28”. It is kept in the Museum of Resistance and Deportation (Druskininkai). A former political prisoner, Agota Nuialene, gave the box to the Museum. (Photograph 2008). 
 
 
 
 
Authenticity
 
Registration number in museum acquisition book no registration numbers
 
Date of acquisitionunknown
 
Types of exhibitsMuseum exhibits/Objects/
 
Thematic indexResistance
 
Thematic indexThe Camps
 
Thematic indexLife in Captivity/
 
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Thematic indexLife in Captivity/
 
Thematic indexMemory
 
Date and place of creation1954. UkhtIzhemLag (Komi ASSR, Ukhta).
 
SizeOverall dimensions: 20.1 cm x 16 cm. Height of the sides – 11.2 cm. Lid 21.7 cm x 17.1 cm; depth of lid – 2.5 cm. Height of the legs – 0.8.cm, dimensions of the legs: 2 cm x 2 cm.
 
MaterialsWood
 
MaterialsVarnish
 
Description of exhibitA carved wooden box. The following is carved in the lid: the Gediminas Tower and an “Iron Wolf” – a symbol of Lithuanian independence, surrounded by a ribbon and a garland of oak-leaves. Onto the internal surface of the lid has been glued a carved panel with an inlay – “Vitis” (Horseman, “Chase” also surrounded by a garland of oak-leaves. On the base of the box, on the outside, there is a carved inscription that reads: “Aleksandrai/Petras/Uchta. 1954-X-28”
 
State of preservationThe varnish has been rubbed off. There is a crack running along the lid, and there are several small cracks in the base.
 
Detailed annotationA carved wooden box. First half of the 1950s. It was made by Piatras-Kazis Ilgunas (born 1918), a political prisoner in the UkhtIzhemLag (Komi ASSR) and sent as a present to another political prisoner, Aleksandra Bogusaite (1915-1986), who was then in exile in Spassk Settlement, Karaganda oblast'. The symbols of Lithuanian independence are carved into the lid: the Gediminas Tower and the “Iron Wolf”. The inscrption on the base of the box is 28.10.1954. Piatras-Kazis’s father – Piatras Ilgunas (born 1881) and Aleksandra Bogusaite had met in prison in the Uvil’dinsk Corrective Labour Colony in Chelyabinsk oblast'. Piatras Ilgunas, who had arrived in the camp before A. Bogusaite, took her under his “sponsorship”. After his release Piatras Ilgunas left for Lithuania. A. Bogusaite corresponded with his son, Piatras-Kazis, who was imprisoned in UkhtIzhemLag. The box was kept by the family of A. Bogusaite’s and her husband, A. Dambrauskas. After Bogusaite’s death, and then the death of Dambrauskas, Agota Nauialene, the woman who had looked after him, who was also a former political prisoner, gave his manuscripts to the Maironis Museum in Vilnius, and she gave the various objects he had left to Druskininkai Museum of Resistance and Deportation.
 
PersonsBogušaitė-Dambrauskiene Aleksandra, owner
 
PersonsDambrauskas Antanas
 
PersonsIlgunas Piatras, in all likelihood the father of Piatras-Kazis Ilgunas
 
PersonsIlgunas Piatras-Kazis, made the object
 
PersonsNauialene (Valasisiniaviciute) Agota, creator of the collection
 
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Thematic groupsKey words/forbidden national symbol
 
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Web page?Yes
 
 
Museum exhibit /Box