Pysanka Exhibit



From the guide:  This is the first free-standing case in the second room, and it contains pysanky from the Carpathian Mountains. On this page are those of Bukovyna.

The northern Bukovynians are descended from the Hutsuls, and their pysanky reflect this, with a shared intricacy and love of resheto.  Bukovynian pysanky have their own commonalities: a love of the oblique division, use of intersecting longitudinal bands, and a love of complex crosslet crosses.  The Bukovynians, too, practiced market pysankarstvo, selling their work in the  weeks before Easter to people in larger town and cities.

Bukovynian designs are often quite complex, often written in numerous bands. A very common motif on these pysanky is “resheto,” the cross-hatched net-like design often yellow, that they use to fill in shapes (most other regions use solid color or stripes). Churches with onion domes are sometimes depicted, much like Hutsul pysanky, but animal motifs are rare. 

The pysanky facing the costumes are Bukovynian with some Hutsul eggs in the top rows. The Bukovynian eggs are characterized by less resheto, more blue, green and dark red colors, and the use of large, complex cross motifs. Bukovynians also favor diagonal bands on their pysanky.

Can you find an examples of an oblique division? Can you point out resheto? A Bukovynian cross?

The Bukovynian pysanky in this case were written by Arnie Klein and Ukrainian artisans.

  Case 7A: Hutsul         Case 7D: Boiko

Case 7C: Pysanky of Bukovyna

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