Animal motifs are fairly common on pysanky, with a mix of domesticated and wild animal being seen. Although animal motifs were not as popular as plant motifs on traditional pysanky, they were nevertheless found on pysanky, especially those of the peoples of the Carpathian Mountains. 

Deer, rams, horses, birds and fish were depicted in the abstract, simple line drawings that suggested the animal in question, rather than detailed depictions.  Often, parts of the animal were used to suggest the whole: bear claws, rams’ horns, roosters’ combs or chicken’s feet.

Modern pysanky often use these traditional motifs.

All Creatures Great and Small

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