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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 137 ART AROUND THE WORLD

Dalecarlian Horses

UNOFFICIAL SYMBOL OF SWEDEN

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How did a painted wooden horse become one of the most recognizable and beloved symbols of Sweden? The earliest Dalecarlian wooden horse (or Dalahäst in Swedish) dates back to 1623 in the Swedish province of Dalarna. Traditionally, the Dalecarlian horse was a child’s toy, whittled from scrap wood by firelight during long winter evenings. Left undecorated or painted in a single color (red, blue, or gray), they were often traded by peddlers, along with baskets, ...

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