From Shell to Symbol:
Art of the Ethnic Easter Egg
Map of Eastern Europe
The decorated eggs in this exhibit derive from several eastern European traditions, including the regions of the Ukraine, Slovakia, and Croatia.
Stephanie Lemke shows a string-decorated egg at the 2002 Midwest Folklife Festival Teacher's Institute.
The decorated eggs in this exhibit derive from several eastern European traditions, including those of the Ukraine, Slovakia, and Croatia. They represent the work of four Wisconsin artists sustaining their ethnic and religious traditions.
Made from actual chicken and goose eggs, the delicate objects are hand-decorated with elaborate, richly symbolic designs.
Decorated eggs have ancient origins. For thousands of years, eggs have served as symbols of new life and renewal.
Throughout much of Europe, eggs were decorated and given as gifts in festivals celebrating the return of the sun in the spring. With the onset of Christianity, Easter religious celebrations absorbed these ancient customs.