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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 127 ART AROUND THE WORLD

Pysanky

THE ART OF UKRAINIAN EASTER EGG PAINTING

 

If you visited the Ukraine around Easter and someone gave you a pysanka, or painted Easter egg, you would be receiving not only a unique work of art but a token of friendship, an ancient protective talisman, and a symbol of rebirth and creation. That’s pretty heavy stuff for one small, painted egg! How did the egg became an important element in pagan and Christian belief systems? The traditions of creating pysansky with beeswax and homemade dyes date back to 1,300 BCE and possibly to the Trypilljan culture in Ukraine from 3,000 BCE. In Ukrainian folklore, ...

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