Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

April 5, 2013

Poor-man statues 14 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 14 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 14

In English:

Original English text updated in March 2014. In this series there are presented 57 paupers.

These historical wooden Poor-man (pauper) wooden statues are presented in their original surroundings. It is difficult to understand them at first, because man can find them only in Finland and some in Sweden. They are found mainly on the area called Ostrobothnia in Finland. They are part of our cultural heritage and thus being something special. What they are, why man made them, what is their history and how many of them exist? All these questions are replied in my next three posts.

Since I saw the first one nearly ten years ago, I felt sympathy to them. They were so cute, so live looking and well made. Seeing those statues later after years, many of them were in bad condition, I came sad. I saw that time and hard weather had left marks on them. I asked myself if anybody takes care of them, because they needed urgent restoration.

According to the latest calculations there are 145 paupers from which 107 (poor-man statues) + 1 (poor-woman statue) in active service, meaning collecting money to the poor. The rest of them are found in local museums around Finland. Total number of them is calculated to been about 180. In Sweden there are only nine paupers left.

Background:

All this began in 1649 (at that time Finland was under administration of Sweden) when Swedish queen Kristina (1629 – 1689) gave order to make money collection logs. In Europe wars raged around and many soldiers wounded in wars losing foot or arm. When wounded in this way they had to return to their home. These money collection-logs were modified to pauper (poor-man) statues by local artists. They were placed usually beside church doors and on the walls of bell towers. Man built for them small wooden shelter to protect them sun shine, direct rain and snow. In recent years many churches moved them into porches. So, many pauper statues present men missing hand, foot or even ear having models from solders maimed in wars. Man must remember that in the 1700, 1800 and 1900 century people were very poor, but they visited church every Sunday faithfully. I think that these pauper statues were great start for modern help of the poor (social security).

Pauper statues have moneybox in their chest and to put coins into them there is a slot in the chest. In general the Finnish people are honest and this means that there a few robberies against the pauper statues. Robberies have happened, yes indeed. Latest robbery happened in 2013 when the whole pauper statue in Rautio was stolen. It was found after winter in a ditch. The lock and money box were missing, but the statue was in good condition. Also the pauper of Alavieska has been robbed many times. In addition to these robberies, there have been some minor mischiefs like removing hands. Many paupers have beside them a written small phrase. Although the text might slightly differ from others, the main idea is: “he who has mercy on the poor, lends to the Lord”.
My posts go this way: First I present four churches and after photos of every church I show poor man statues with general views and close-ups. Because all pauper statues are presented in their natural environment, You will see also photos from churches, Chandeliers, Pulpits,Altapieces,Altars, Memorialsand Belltowers.

Always I could not visit churches inside, but in many cases yes. Enjoy our cultural heritage!

En español:

Historia de pobres hombres tallada en madera y la estatua estatua de pobrecita mujer.

Hay 107 estatuas de pobre hombres y una estatua de pobrecita mujer.

Al manejar mi carro alrededor en mi país, sacando fotos de las iglesias he encontrado algunas estatuas raras al lado de iglesias o campanarios. Ellos eran hombres o mujeres, y siempre sus mano o el pie había desaparecido, pero de todos modos esos estatues veía bien. Al examinar más de cerca encontré un hueco en ellos. Entonces entendí que se puede poner dinero en el hueco y dentro hay una cajita. ¿Por qué estos cajas / estatuas en madera de pobre hombres mendigos, se han creado, ¿cuándo?

Todo esto empieza en 1649 cuando la reina Cristina de Suecia dio la orden para hacer los leños de los pobres y ponerlos al lado de las puertas de las iglesias, campanarios o algunos lugares públicos. Pronto los leños de los pobres fueron modificados para estatuas de pobre hombre par artistas locales en Finlandia. En ese tiempo Finlandia estaba bajo la administración de Suecia. En Europa guerras devastó todos partes en Europa y muchos soldados heridos mismos perdiendo su pie o el brazo. Cuando heridos de esta manera ellos tuvieron que regresar a su casa.

En el 1700, 1800 y 1900 la gente del siglo era muy pobre, pero ellos visitaron la iglesia todos los domingos fielmente, así el lugar natural para esas estatuas pobres-el hombre estaba fue junto a iglesias o campanarios. Tal vez estas estatuas de pobres hombres ayudó a los más pobres, por supuesto, no existen estadicas.

Este post va de esta manera: Primero presento cuatro iglesias y después las fotos de estatuas pobres hombres.

En francais:

Histoire de statues sculptées en bois de pauvre-homme et de pauvre-femme statue.

Il ya 107 statues de pauvre-hommes et une statue pauvre femme.

Lorsque je conduisais autour dans mon pays pour prendre des photos des églises sur la campagne, j’ai trouvé quelques statues particulières à côté des églises ou des campaniles. Ils étaient des hommes ou des femmes et dont toujours la main ou le pied les manquait, mais de toute façon ces statues avaient l’air si bien. Lorsque en examinant les de plus près, j’ai trouvé une fente. Puis j’ai réalisé que l’on peut mettre des pièces à l’intérieur dans la fente du bûche. Pourquoi ces pauvres bûches / pauvre-homme de bois / bois statues mendiants ont été mis en place, quand?

Tout cela commence 1649 quand Christine de Suède a donné l’ordre de faire les pauvres bûches et de les mettre à côté des portes d’église, clochers ou de certains lieux publics. Bientôt ces pauvres bûches ont été modifiés pour homme pauvres statues par des artistes locaux en Finlande. En ce moment la Finlande était sous l’administration de la Suède. Les guerres faisaient rage autour de l’Europe et nombreux soldats blessés ont perdu le pied ou le bras. Lorsque blessés de cette façon ils devaient retourner à leur domicile.

Dans les années 1700, 1800 et 1900 les gens était très pauvres, mais ils ont visité l’église chaque dimanche fidèlement, de sorte que, le lieu naturel pour ces statues de pauvres-hommes était à côté des églises ou des campaniles. Peut-être ces statues de pauvres-hommes ont aidé les plus pauvres, mais des statistiques, ils existent pas bien sûr.

Mon poste va dans cette façon: Premièrement je présente quatre églises et puis et à la fin les photos de statues de pauvre hommes.

Ähtävä - Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

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Ähtävä – Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Halsua - Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Halsua – Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

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Merijärvi - Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Merijärvi – Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

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Merijärvi – Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Merijärvi - Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Merijärvi – Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

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Merijärvi – Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

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Merijärvi – Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Merijärvi - Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Merijärvi – Poor-man statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Ähtävä (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built 1770 / Iglesia construida 1770 / Église construite 1770
Belltower built 1779 / Campanario construido 1779 / Clocher construit 1779
Height of Poor-man statue 170cm (5 feet and 6.9 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 170cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 170cm. Statue from mid-term of 1850 / Estatua de mitad de período de 1850 / Statue à mi-parcours de 1850.

Halsua (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built 1825-1826/ Iglesia construida 1825-1826/ Église construite 1825-1826.
Belltower built 1882 / Campanario construido 1882, / Clocher construite 1882. Height of Poor-man statue 132 (4 feet and 3.9 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 132 / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 132. Statue from 1826 / Estatua del año 1826/ Statue de l’an 1825.

Merijärvi (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built 1781 / Iglesia construida 1781 / Église construite 1781
Belltower built 1799 / Campanario construido 1799/ Clocher construite1799
Height of Poor-man statue 154cm (5 feet and 0.6 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre154 cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 154cm. Statue from 1835 / Estatua del años 1835/ Statue des ans 1835.

Poor-man statues 13 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 13 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 13

Poor-man statues 15 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 15 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 15

36 Comments »

  1. Saludos! Qué lugar tan bello y lleno de paz! Lindas fotos.

    Comment by consueloq — April 5, 2013 @ 07:49 | Reply

    • Hola Consuelo.

      Muchas gracias al hacer un comentario tan amable.

      ¡Un saludo grande y abrazos!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 5, 2013 @ 07:54 | Reply

  2. I was wondering about the meaning of these statues when I saw them in another one of your posts, now I know🙂
    This is a lovely series, thanks for sharing.

    Comment by lena de almeida — April 5, 2013 @ 08:30 | Reply

    • Hi Lena.

      So nice that You now know what they are. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 5, 2013 @ 10:08 | Reply

  3. I just realised- you said there are 107 of these statues! That’ll keep you busy.
    The guy in the blue has such a wonderful face. Beautifully captured, all of them.

    Comment by restlessjo — April 5, 2013 @ 09:27 | Reply

    • Hello Johanna.

      Yes, there are indeed great numbers of them spread on huge area of my country. Now I present only 57 of them. After two weeks on Friday You see how it was when we visited on the Arctic Circle in February. My plans concerning next summer are open partly and I cannot promise if shoot more photos from them. In September we’ll make a car holiday to the North far beyond the Arctic Circle and of course I’ll make posts from our road trip. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 5, 2013 @ 10:17 | Reply

  4. If I lived in your country, Sartenada, I’d want to visit all these poor-man statues AND their churches and make a book of them all! Have you thought about doing that?

    Comment by Ginnie — April 5, 2013 @ 09:55 | Reply

    • Hello Ginnie.

      Thank You. There is made a book about them in 1963 which I have. The second book was made in 2001. That book I have not because it is sold-out. Just before this summer there will be published third book. Now it is sure that the exhibition of 40 Poor-man statues will be realized. The place is World’s biggest wooden church in Kerimäki.

      I’ll visit of course because to see 40 Poor-man statues in one place is great. There will be some which are stored in museums. Welcome. The exhibitions will 25.5.–31.8.2013 in Kerimäki nearby the picturesque Town of Savonlinna.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 5, 2013 @ 10:41 | Reply

  5. What an excellent idea to help the needy returned servicemen, Also there is an emotional element, the figures have character and are of a size that parishioners would find hard to just walk past and ignore… who knows, might they have been modelled on a specific local person even?

    I think they are fascinating and would love to see your photos when you visit the exhibition later this year! The churches are beautiful too… so different in style to anything I have ever been in.

    Comment by kiwidutch — April 5, 2013 @ 10:54 | Reply

    • Hello Kiwidutch.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. Sure I shoot photos I am proud to present them some day in my blog.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 5, 2013 @ 12:00 | Reply

  6. tes photos sont vraiment magnifiques et bien étranges ces statues bises MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — April 5, 2013 @ 15:25 | Reply

    • Bonjour MA.

      Merci de ta visite et d’avoir fait de ton commentaire.

      Bon dimanche! Bises.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 7, 2013 @ 11:00 | Reply

  7. Amazing and fascinating how many of these Poor Man Statues you have in Finland, Matti!

    Comment by Truels — April 5, 2013 @ 16:05 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      I am happy that You have followed my series and made Your kind comments.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 7, 2013 @ 11:08 | Reply

  8. This is another wonderful post in this series. I really like the fact that each statue has its own unique character. All of the churches you featured today are absolutely beautiful.

    Comment by seniorhiker — April 5, 2013 @ 16:18 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      I am very happy for Your comments during this long lasting series and I appreciate them very much. Last post of this series will be published on next Friday.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 7, 2013 @ 11:14 | Reply

  9. Beautiful churches, both inside and outside. Poor man statues are fascinating. Thank you so much for introducing the statues, Matti!

    Comment by Amy — April 5, 2013 @ 20:43 | Reply

    • Hi Amy.

      I appreciate Your comment very much. Thank You.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 7, 2013 @ 11:15 | Reply

  10. Such beautiful churches…..and lovely photos.

    Comment by blosslyn — April 6, 2013 @ 01:24 | Reply

    • Hello Lynne.

      Thank You commenting and visiting my blog.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 7, 2013 @ 11:23 | Reply

  11. This was my favorite photo. I wasn’t sure what this structure was. And I thought this iconography of the crucifixion was very beautiful.

    Comment by Deb Platt — April 6, 2013 @ 03:31 | Reply

    • Hi Deb.

      First, thank You making comment and asking. It is bell tower. On our country side on many places bell towers are separated from churches. To this there is very practical question – fires. It happened many times that the church was burnt, but the bell tower was saved. Our separated bell towers are made from wood, stone or their combination. On our coastal line many bell towers has stone.

      I have made long time ago a series of four posts presenting our bell towers. These four posts presents 123 bell towers around in Finland. At first hear one could think that they must be similar looking, no, not at all. Many of them are colorful.

      Here is my link to

      Beautiful bell towers in Finland.
      I have made one post from

      Strange belltower.

      You should take a look at it also- worth for it.

      I wish a very happy Sunday to You and Yours.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 7, 2013 @ 11:39 | Reply

  12. The churches of course are magnificent. I was also struck by the beauty of the bell at Ähtävä.

    Comment by montucky — April 6, 2013 @ 04:48 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      Thank You. There is only one post more in this series. Until now You have seen 55 Poor-man statues, two more remain in my next post next Friday. The bell which You saw in this post is made in Stockholm in 1731. The text is in Swedish, because the region of Ähtävä is Swedish speaking region. 97.7 percent speaks Swedish. This statistics is from 1960. You might remember that our country is bilingual. Ähtävä in Swedish is Esse.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 7, 2013 @ 12:13 | Reply

  13. Greetings, Matti! The peeling paint on one of these statues makes me wonder if there is a movement in Finland to restore, protect and preserve them? They are such treasures. I hope others appreciate them as much as you do.

    Comment by Heart To Harp — April 7, 2013 @ 20:43 | Reply

    • Hi Janet.

      Thank You commenting. Well, thank You askig, there was a coincidence between my photography tours during many years and the exhibition of Poor-man statues in this upcoming summer. In that exhibition there will be collected together about 40 Poor-man statues. This exhibition is promoted by the registered association called “Save Poor-man statues” (my free translation). I am sure that they are doing great work for Poor-man statues! Results can be seen in few years. Great!

      Happy starting week!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 8, 2013 @ 07:35 | Reply

  14. Another wonderful series of images, as always. They are a feast for my eyes and my heart. Bless you, dear Matti.

    Comment by LizzieJoy — April 7, 2013 @ 20:44 | Reply

    • Hello Lizzie.

      Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 8, 2013 @ 07:45 | Reply

  15. very interesting that so many of the churches are symmetrical around their centers, it is very renaissance / greek! nice pictures🙂

    Comment by kam — April 11, 2013 @ 18:17 | Reply

    • Hi Kam.

      Well, You know design and architecture, so I appreciate Your comment highly. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 12, 2013 @ 07:06 | Reply

  16. A fascinating piece of history about the poor man statues. I have learned something new about Finland. The interiors of the churches are beautiful. I love the simple lines and the balance of elements. Beautifully done. Thank you for finding my William Tell post because it brought me to your blog.

    Comment by Rosemarie — April 12, 2013 @ 14:39 | Reply

    • Hello Rose.

      I am happy that You visited my blog. Every country has a story or stories to be told. These churches are situated on our countryside and they differ from those which are in big towns.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 08:09 | Reply

  17. What a colour sharpness! Great pictures!. Best wishes, Àngel Ruiz

    Comment by Far-off World — April 13, 2013 @ 01:55 | Reply

    • Hola Angel.

      Thank You for Your visit and leaving so nice comment. I am happy that You did love my photos.

      Abrazos.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 08:52 | Reply

  18. Wow! these are really amazing pictures!

    Comment by thehappyhugger — April 13, 2013 @ 18:04 | Reply

    • Hello Thehappyhugger.

      I am glad that You love my post and photos. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 14, 2013 @ 08:02 | Reply


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