Lateral Band

Another description of this pysanka, and perhaps a more accurate one, might e a “divided barylka.”  It is a combination of two divisions: Lateral and Barylka.  The longitudinal band is usually the narrower of the two, but it is continuous around the egg.  The lateral band is more prominent, wider and with more important motifs, but it is divided by the longitudinal one.

These pysanky vary greatly in complexity.  The dividing band, usually bordered by double lines, can be empty, can contain text, can contain simple repeating geometric figures, or can contain repeating or alternating decorative elements. These motifs can mirror the main band of the barylka, or be quite different.

The barylka portion also has much variability.  At times, it is like that of any barylka, containing a main band with repeating motifs, and one or two secondary bands.  At other times, the central band can be quite narrow and simple, and the areas above and below it can contain significant ornamentation.  As in the example at the top of the page, there can be decorative medallions; as in several pysanky below, this space can contain a half-ruzha.

(Note: the numeration of these eggs, i.e. the  “Балан - №,” simply reflects the order in which they were photographed and their data recorded.  It is just my bookkeeping system.)


Divided Barylka

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