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Ukrainian Wood Easter Eggs For Sale

Add some old world charm to your Easter baskets! These intricately painted wooden eggs are decorated in the style of Ukrainian Pisanke and are finished with high gloss lacquer. Colors widely assorted, bright and beautiful

Hand Painted in Russia.

Ukraine Eggs

6 Ukrainian Pisanke Easter Eggs, Wood 2.5"




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The Art of the Russian Matryoshka

Anyone who's ever enjoyed seeing or playing with a series of wooden nesting dolls--matryoshki in Russian--will gravitate instinctively to Ertl and Hibberd's lavishly illustrated tome. In it, several myths are quickly debunked: first, that these dolls were born in the Motherland (they emigrated from Japan); and second, that all are made from a single piece of wood (actually, one linden tree trunk yields about four or five blanks). The authors continue to reveal the world of matryoshki, including designs, manufacturing, themes, production centers, artists, and purchase of this native toy. The color photographs alone are worth the price, aiding a true appreciation of the art, whether readers admire the elegantly decorated Cinderella dolls or a wonderfully comic Bill Clinton and "family." Includes a useful glossary of English and Russian terms.

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Book Matryoshka Dolls
by Corinne Demas Bliss, Tom Voss, Kathryn Brown (Illustrator) 
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With illustrations quaint enough for Christmas cards, an author's note that explains the history of nesting dolls, and a story reminiscent of The Tin Soldier, Bliss's (Matthew's Meadow) picture book will especially please collectors of Russian matryoshkas. The story begins "in a small shop in a snowy village in Russia," where Nikolai the doll maker, a Geppetto-like wood carver, fashions a set of six nesting dolls. He tells them, "You are six sisters," and names each one. Anna, the largest doll, watches as they travel to America, where they are lined up on a shelf, and the smallest doll, Nina, is accidentally knocked to the floor and kicked outside into the snow. After a plow scoops up Nina and a snow truck dumps her outside of town, the shopkeeper sells the remaining matroyoshkas to a girl, Jessie, for half-price. Nina rides a river of melting snow to a stream, is picked up by a heron, found by a squirrel, tumbles down a rain pipe and is eventually found by Jessie and her cat, who reunite the six sisters. "How they rejoiced to be together again!" as "Anna smiled the smile that had been painted on by Nikolai the doll maker in Russia, so long ago." Brown's (Tough Boris) paintings are sweetly old-fashioned, the images perceived as if behind a scrim of fantasy. They suit the nostalgic mood of the narrative. What this story lacks in originality, it makes up for in neatness. The elements fit together as cozily as the dolls nesting one inside the other. For more information...

The History of the Easter Egg   The egg is a remarkable product that has a rich and fascinating history of symbolic meaning in many cultures. Throughout the world, it is known as a universal symbol of Easter celebrations. Along with the association of Christian religious beliefs with the Easter holiday, there is also the time honored tradition of making Easter eggs. Easter eggs have been painted, dyed, and decorated to celebrate the Easter holiday. Children especially love the fun of decorating and painting Easter Eggs. The history of the Easter egg is both an intriguing and entertaining tale.

Many traditions and practices have included various symbolic meanings of eggs. In the Pagan era, the egg symbolized a rebirth of the earth. This representation was particularly associated with the beginning of Spring. Many people put eggs under buildings to fend off evil spirits. Pregnant Roman women carried an egg to forecast the sex of their unborn children. The ancient Persians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year festivity that is celebrated on the Spring Equinox.

Throughout the ages, eggs were considered symbols of new life and fertility. In Medieval Europe, eggs were prohibited during Lent because the egg represented new life. It is believed that such ancient cultures as the Persians and Egyptians included eggs in their Spring festivals because of its symbolic connection with new life At the Passover Seder, a hard-boiled egg is dipped in salt water which then becomes a depiction of new life and the Passover sacrifice offered at the Temple in Jerusalem.

During early Christian practices, the egg was consumed after the conclusion of Lent. It was at this time that Easter was being celebrated which eventually evolved to link Easter with the Easter egg. Eggs were part of the Easter meals and given to children as gifts. This act further cemented the relationship between Easter and Easter eggs. As well, Christians embraced the egg as a religious symbol and equated it with the tomb Christ rose from.

During the middle ages, coloring and decorating Easter eggs became a traditional English practice. Peter Carl Faberge is known for making the most famous decorated eggs which are famously known as Faberge Eggs. In 1883, the Russian Czar, Alexander, commissioned Faberge to make a special Easter present for his wife.

The historical symbolism of colored eggs became firmly rooted in Christianity beliefs. One Polish legend tells a story of Mary Magdalen traveling to the sepulchre to anoint the body of Jesus. She carried a basket full of eggs with her to serve as a repast. When she arrived at the sepulchre and uncovered the eggs, she discovered that the white egg shells had turned a variety of beautiful colors.

The coloring and decoration of Easter eggs are now an Easter holiday tradition. Easter egg hunts and rolling Easter eggs down a hill are a fun children's Easter activity. The purpose of the events are to have fun and enjoy time with family and loved ones on a special religious holiday.


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