Small figure, redykolka, of a horse made from dried curd. The horse has a saddle bound to its body by a strip of cheese; another represents the reins. The saddle and reins have a pattern in red and green pigment.
This exquisite little horse from Poland is carved from dried curd (likely a smoked stretched curd such as that made today in the Tatra mountains). Shepherds passing time in isolated cabins in high mountain pastures carved such figurines from scraps of curd to pass the time, and sent them to loved ones in lowland villages, or presented them upon their return, as tokens of affection.
given to family members and children on the occasion of the sheep flocks’ return from the mountains to the villages (redyk)