Happy Easter from Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery

IMAG1688To celebrate Easter we are sharing these photographs of painted eggs from the museum’s collection.

Our records tell us that the eggs were made “by Polish speaking girls living in Germany”. In Poland these eggs are known as ‘Pisanki’ and are part of the country’s Easter tradition.

Like many other Easter objects and images ‘Pisanki’ symbolise the revival and rejuvenation of nature after winter. For Christians this links to the Easter theme of resurrection. We love the bright colours and floral patterns on the museum’s eggs.

IMAG1686Generally the eggs are covered with a layer of wax which can then be drawn on. Sometimes the pattern is created with wax and the egg is then dipped in dye.

Historically only women took part in this past time. Some accounts state that men were barred from the house while women were creating the eggs! Today both men and women enjoy the tradition, giving painted eggs to their family before breakfast on Easter Sunday.

Does your family have an Easter tradition?

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