Easter in Russia is
the principal holiday. Having been introduced in the late 10th
century, it was accompanied by ceremonies that came from pagan times but now
consecrated by the Light of Christ. There were the consecration of Easter cakes,
the preparation of cheese mass, the painting of eggs, etc.
Easter eggs are well-known Russian memorabilia, whose fame outside of Russia is probably second only to the matryoshka dolls. Lately, however, the interest toward the Easter egg has been of a special nature. It is explained by its somewhat illegal status during 70 years. Antique Easter eggs were stored away in different museums, almost inaccessible to the public. It goes without saying that in Soviet times the good tradition of giving and receiving artistically painted Easter eggs on the bright holiday of Christís Resurrection almost disappeared.
Fortunately, thanks to the Perestroyka, in the late 1980ís forgotton customs and rituals returned, e.g. the old Russian tradition of a triple kiss and the giving of an Easter egg.
Nowadays Easter eggs are no longer given only at the occasion of Easter but also on e.g. New Year or on birthdays. You can find Easter eggs in many different styles (flowers, icons, girlsí faces), materials (wood, stone, glass, porcelain, glass) and colours.
speak for other countries, but in Holland the most popular colours at Easter are
yellow, white, pale green, pale blue and pale pink. In Russia, however, the
traditional colour for Easter is red. The red colour of the egg symbolizes the
blood of Christ and at the same time was the symbol of the Resurrection.
Another symbol that the egg represents if that of a
transition from nonexistence to existence. It was seen as the spring sun,
bringing life, joy, warmth, light, rebirth of nature and liberation from the
grip of frost, ice and snow.
Modern Easter eggs by individual authors are an original phenomenon in the Russian artistic culture of the late 20th century. They are fruits of living, free artistic creative work. The art of Easter eggs is a whole new world, a feature in the living image of Russia.
I have been very fortunate to find artists who make 1/12
scale eggs for me, in different styles, for every miniaturist to enjoy and
combine Russian art and the Easter holiday feeling.
From underneath photo's you will get an idea of the eggs
that will be on sale at a later stage.
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