Pysanky from Binyashevsky’s collection that he identifies as being from Polissia, which is the northern band of swamps and forests in Ukraine.  Western Polissia is often included, ethnographically, with Volyn.  The pysanky below are from Eastern Polissia, which is ethnographically distinct, and includes the northern areas of Sumy and Chernihiv oblasts.

The names of the pysanky are those given to them by Binyashevsky, not necessarily the “folk names” given by pysankary.  Many are simple descriptors, and he tends to use “zirky” (stars) rather than “ruzhi” (mallows), despite the latter being the more common folk designation.  This is true of other names, too, particularly “metelyky” (butterflies) – he keeps labeling triylysts this way, unlike nay of his ethnographer predecessors.

The numbers assigned to the pysanky are based on the photo originals that I obtained, and are for my cataloging purposes only.  The museums in Zhytomyr is the “krayeznavchi” museum.

  Kyiv region        Other

The Lost Pysanky: Eastern Polissia

  Kyiv region        Other

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