Ukrainian Eggs

Artwork
Identifier:
2000.396.1
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Poster
Date:
circa 2000
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 33.75 in Width: 21.75 in
Description:
Various decorative eggs on black background.
Historical Context:
The Ukrainian folk art of decorating eggs, call pysanky (pi SAN kee), is an ancient one. Pysanky decoration is a dye process similar to batik. Melted beeswax is applied with a stylus to white, uncooked egg. The egg then is dipped into a succession of dye baths. A hard glaze is applied after the final color has set. No two pysanky are completely alike; that is what makes them so precious. Even though the same symbols are used, individual choice of design, color, and pattern give each egg its own character. Even the two eggs identified as identical on the poster are identical only design; they have slight differences in line width, line length, and so on.