Colorful Easter Eggs From Around The World

Decorating eggs is a colorful springtime tradition with multiple histories. The oldest dates back 2,500 years with the ancient Persians painting eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the Spring equinox. Today, it is a widely spread tradition associated with the celebration of Easter. With so many different cultures practicing this tradition many different decorating techniques have developed over the years.

Pyansky

A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated using a wax-resist (batik) method. a common method throughout eastern Eupoean ethnic groups, including the Belarusians, Bulgarians, Czechs, Lithuanians, Poles, Romanians, Slovaks, and Slovenes.



Pysanky images from Stevie Rocco, thorinside, & Sharon_Kay11

The Eggs of Peter Carl Fabergé

Fabergé egg is any one of sixty-nine jeweled eggs made by Peter Carl Fabergé and his assistants between 1885 and 1917.

The story goes…

The Easter of 1885 also marks the twentieth anniversary of Czar Alexander III and Czarina Maria Fedorovna, and the Czar needs an exceptional gift for his wife.

On Easter morning, Fabergé delivers to the palace what appears to be a simple enameled egg. But to the delight of the Empress, inside is a golden yolk; within the yolk is a golden hen; and concealed within the hen is a diamond miniature of the royal crown and a tiny ruby egg – both now lost to history.

His wife’s delight is all the Czar needs to reward Fabergé with a commission for an Easter egg every year. The requirements are straightforward: each egg must be unique, and each must contain a suitable surprise for the Empress. With consummate craftsmanship and an inventive spirit, Fabergé repeatedly meets the challenge, borrowing inspiration from the gilded lives of the Czar and Czarina. – PBS

Of the 105 known Fabergé eggs, only sixty-nine have survived to the present day. The vast majority of them are stored in public museums, with the greatest number, thirty, in Russia. There are fifty-four known Imperial eggs, only forty-six of which have survived. – Wikipedia

Fabergé images from wikipedia, bored space, & mharrsch


Header images by Amanda Woodward.

Author: evad
David Sommers has been loving color as COLOURlovers' Blog Editor-in-Chief for the past two years. When he's not neck deep in a rainbow he's loving other things with The Post Family (http://thepostfamily.com/), a Chicago-based art blog, artist collective & gallery.