Descripción del proyecto
The gaucho, a legendary rider from the Argentine pampas, Uruguayan and southern Brazil, was able to wield from his origins a very particular knife, useful to his needs and distinctive to show it off. Barely a few decades had passed since its eruption in the history of this section of America, when the gaucho prepared to use an original knife in silver and sometimes ornamented with details in gold. Since then, we refer to the first quarter of the nineteenth century, that countryman who only moved mounted on his horse, would never begin a day of work or party without its corresponding silver knife. Tool or weapon, according to the circumstances, such a noble knife always had to accompany him in his most diverse activities.
The gaucho’s attachment to the silver pieces made each countryman wear one of them. Even in the oldest iconographic records, the various characters portrayed by the travelling chroniclers exhibited the unmistakable brilliance of silver in the knife, in the coins of the “rastra” (the gaucho belt), or in the riding equipment.
Among his affections, the gaucho appreciated equally a horse tamed as he liked, just as the distinctive figure of a “verijero” knife or fitted at the waist. It was impossible to describe this rider without one of these elements; “even the beggar was done on horseback,” the chroniclers will say, and the knife is, above all, an extension of his hand.
Detalles del proyecto
- Fecha: September 2005 / May 2006
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