Museum exhibit /Embroidered panel.
Embroidered panel called "Devushka za reshetkoi" [ “Girl Behind Bars”]. Late 1940s. Made by the political prisoner Petronele Aksamitauskaite (born 1923) in the Kengir Section of the StepLag. Petronele Aksamitauskaite was sentenced to 25 years in the camps in June, 1948. She served time in the KarLag, the StepLag (Kengir division), in the OzerLag and then in the AngarLag. She returned to Lithuania in 1956. The panel is kept in the Priekule Museum of Exile and the Struggle for Freedom (Priekule, Lithuanian Republic). It was given to the Museum by P. Aksamitauskaite in 2005. In the Museum exhibition the panel is exhibited with the title " Cherez zareshechennoe okno ia vizhu solntse" [“Through the barred window I can see the sun”]. (Photo December, 2010) 
 
 
 
 
Creator of collectionPetronėlė Aksamitauskaitė
 
Date of acquisitionOctober 2005
 
Years and places of existence in subject-related function1948, Kengir Section of the StepLag
 
Size48 х 66 cm
 
Materials
 
Materials
 
Description of exhibitOutline embroidery in the “Blackwork” (“Back-stitch") style. On a piece of white linen, in black cotton thread, is a picture of a girl in Lithuanian national costume with her hands joined in prayer. The girl is in a cell and in the top, left-hand corner is a barred window, through which the sun’s rays are shining. The figure of the girl is surrounded by Lithuanian national symbols: oak-leaves, a double crucifix and ears of wheat. In the Museum exhibition the panel is placed on a card background and is in a frame, under glass. Below the linen is an inscription on card, written with a calligraphic pen in Indian ink: “Už grotuotu lango pamačiau aš saulę” (Translation: “Through the barred window I can see the sun”).
 
State of preservationThe edges of the panel are frayed.
 
Detailed annotationEmbroidered panel called "Devushka za reshetkoi" [ “Girl Behind Bars”]. Late 1940s. Made by the political prisoner Petronele Aksamitauskaite (born 1923) in the Kengir Section of the StepLag. A piece of linen from a box that had contained presents was used for the embroidery after it had been bleached using ashes. She pulled the threads out of clothing and sewed, using a needle made from a fish-bone. Petronele Aksamitauskaite was sentenced to 25 years in the camps in June, 1948. She served time in the KarLag, the StepLag (Kengir division), in the OzerLag and then in the AngarLag. She returned to Lithuania in 1956. In 2005 she gave a number of items (including the panel) to the Priekule Museum of Exile and the Struggle for Freedom (Priekule, Lithuanian Republic). In the Museum exhibition the panel is exhibited with the title " Cherez zareshechennoe okno ia vizhu solntse" [“Through the barred window I can see the sun”].
 
PersonsAksamitauskaitė Petronėlė, manufactured the exhibit
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museum exhibit /Embroidered panel.