Trypillian Pysanky:

Modern Expressions of Neolithic Designs


The Trypillian Neolithic culture flourished in central and western Ukraine between 5400 BC and 2700 BC. Its pottery designs (and colors) have been adapted by modern pysanka artists.  While these are traditional Ukrainian designs, they are traditional pottery designs.

The last egg pictured is an ostrich egg I purchased in Kolomiya in 2005.  It is beautifully and intricately designed.  Ostrich egg pysanky have become common in Ukraine in the last few years; the eggs are obtained from the Askania-Nova reserve in the Kherson region, a huge open-air animal preserve.

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