Pisanka Decorated Easter Egg

Hard boiled and painted eggs, are traditional Easter egg decorations called pisanka in Poland and Pysanka in the Ukraine. They are made to be exchanged at Easter to symbolize new life. The eggs traditionally blend geometric symbols that represent fertility, protection, and the natural world with emblems of Christianity.
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Many Voices, One Nation
Many Voices, One Nation
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National Museum of American History
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This decorated Easter egg looks EXACTLY like the ones my grandmother, mother, and I used to make for Ukrainian Easter celebrations. The geometric figures are so typical of Ukrainian folk art, with a sense of timelessness defining the designs. We made our eggs in the mid 1950s through the late 1960s. Glad to see that this egg is preserved for subsequent generations, Ukrainian-Americans and everyone else.

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