Posted on December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Fishwife - Poissonnière (French) - Le Peissouniero (Provençaux) is number 14 on the list of the top 20 Essential Santons for a Provençal Creche. She is available in all four of the Marcel Carbonel Santons sizes offered by My Growing Traditions. Colorfully dressed, she has a portable scale (copper steelyard) fastened to her belt and with a proud humility commonly brings a bountiful gift of not one, but two, basketfuls of fish to the manger.
As a fishwife, or fishlass, she is a woman who sells or works with fish. She is not necessarily a married woman, as the word "wife" here simply means woman. She is the female version of a fishmonger. Of course, she may indeed be the fishmonger's wife. She may be rough around the edges, but she is a hearty soul - one who has existed in Provencal life "forever" and thus, equally important to the Santons creche. She is celebrated in this 1995 French postage stamp.
We picture her as the wife or co-worker of the Fisherman with the Net, also available in all four of the Santons sizes that we have available.
In the pastorale of Jean-Francois Audibert, Pistachié is the husband of Honorine, a fishwife.