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Easter egg; blown hen egg, dyed black/brown, red and yellow, with etched and wax-resist, batik, designs.
- Production date
Length: 5.50 centimetres
Width: 4.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This and the following nine items are decorated with a wax-resist method similar to the batik-dying of cloth, used on both blown and hard-boiled duck or hen eggs. A design is painted onto the surface of the egg in wax and the egg dyed. Areas of the wax are scratched or melted away and further wax designs may be applied to the coloured areas. The process of dying, removing selected selected wax designs and applying further ones can be repeated a number of times to create complex and detailed patterns.
Decorated eggs, a symbol of birth the renewal of life, have been associated with pagan Spring festivals and the Christian celebration of Easter throughout Europe. Many traditional practices and games, often including special chants, songs and dances, have grown up around ornamented eggs and are still widespread throughout Europe. In Romania, the hard-boiled and coloured eggs are tapped together to the accompaniment of set rhymes; the owner of the egg that remains intact 'wins' the one that cracks first.
- Not on display
- Good; acquired new.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by Ms Posey in the Ethnographic Museum in Rădauţi over the Easter period, in April 1993.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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