Pysanka Exhibit

Kursk, Sumy, South/Курщина, Сумщина,

Південна Україна


From the guide:  The pysanky in this last case of traditional eggs are quite a mix, with examples from central, southern and eastern Ukraine. 

The Kursk region, a part of the ethnographic Sloboda area, is now largely part of the Russian Federation.  Pysanky from the village of Kozats’ka Sloboda (Козацька слобода) are quite distinct: they have a white-yellow-red-black color scheme and fairly intricate geometric designs featuring dots, stripes and fringe.  You can see twelve examples of these in the second row, on the left, of the side facing the entrance.

Sumy, in north eastern Ukraine, is represented by several white pysanky. These are pysanky that are written in the usual manner, and then the final color is removed by gently etching with a natural acid like vinegar.  White pysanky have a white background, and the etching provides a small amount of relief.  Although popular throughout central Ukraine, white pysanky are particularly well liked here.

Next to these pysanky, and in the row below, are typical pysanky from southern Ukraine.  Here you can find examples from the Kirovohrad, Kherson, Kuban, Donetsk, and Odesa regions. They exhibit a variety of colors and motifs.  Among the better known is the black and red “Gypsy Roads” pysanka (1st shelf, back row, far left).

The pysanky in this group were written by Arnie Klein and me, Luba Petrusha.

  Case 7D: Boiko        Case 8B: Kyiv

Case 8A: Pysanky of the Kursk, Sumy and the South

  Case 7D: Boiko        Case 8B: Kyiv

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