The pysanky on this page are copies of those found in Vira Manko’s book “The Ukrainian Folk Pysanka,” which was published in 2005 in Lviv.  I have tried to exclude those pysanky which are also found in Onyshchuk’s or Zielyk’s books, but haven’t always succeeded.

Manko’s book has 1461 different traditional pysanky from all regions of Ukraine; the pysanky have, when available, lots of identifying data: village and oblast of origin, and common name.  On this page I am including only those from Kyiv oblast; those from other oblasts will be included in those sections.

When known, I have included the local names of the pysanky and their translations; I have also included Table (Plate) and photo number for each pysanka.  Number 32-7 below, called «Бабине літо» (Granny’s summer) in Ukrainian, refers to a warm period in autumn.  It would be called “Indian Summer’ in the US.  And  32-31, «Соняшники» (Sunflowers) is a classic berehynia symbol, although the name has been changed in more recent times.

Some of the pysanky from Skvyra are taken from Shcherbakivsky (ВШ/VSh).

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