Faberge’s Easter Egg Masterpieces

Easter is the most important holiday of the Russian Orthodox Church, and is associated with the arrival of spring and the awakening of nature. One of the manifestations of human brotherhood and love on the Holy Resurrection is the Easter greeting and mutual exchange of colored and sanctified Easter eggs, a custom that exists throughout the Christian world. In Russia, Easter eggs are also called “pysankas” (painted eggs). These eggs were painted in bright colors using onion, beets, calico, and other materials at hand. But over time, apart from simple colored eggs, people started giving wooden, porcelain, stone, silver or gold eggs, adorned with precious stones. Easter egg manufacturing became an entire industry of Russian decorative art in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and reached its apogee in the Faberge jewelry masterpieces.

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