THE ART OF THE EASTER EGG
WHAT IT IS
My most prized collection from Germany is my collection of Easter eggs. These Ostereier are genuine eggs that have been blown clean and decorated exquisitely in a variety of ways. They appear each spring in shops and markets across Germany and Austria, among other countries–I visited one shop in Salzburg that was dedicated entirely to these amazing eggs. I purchased most of my eggs at Andechs Abbey. Famous for its brewery, this monastery also hosts an Ostereiermarkt each year. Egg artists fill the Andechs hall with their booths, each displaying eggs of a distinct style. Their work is incredible.
Beautiful designs were etched on to these.
These are painted with miniature scenes. The egg on the left is decorated with a local Bavarian church. The one on the right depicts Salzburg (and I believe that I did indeed purchase that one in Salzburg).
Slightly more modern in style, these appear to be done in acrylics.
This egg is my favorite. Tiny holes were made in the eggshell using a dentist’s drill, and somehow these intricate flowers were embroidered onto it. I think that it is a miniature masterpiece.
My twin boys decorated several of their own eggs in their German kindergarten, from shells that we had blown clean. I was going to include those in this post, but I see that this is getting lengthy, so I will follow-up with a post on “Kinder-art eggs,” (and I’ll include a few more eggs that I couldn’t fit into this post)!
BRING IT HOME
I securely packed these delicate works of art and brought them home! I display them each year by carefully hanging them on branches, as I have seen done in Germany. As you may know from my “Little Christmas” post, I do like to be liturgical about things; I keep my Christmas decorations up until Epiphany, and I keep my eggs on display throughout the Easter Season, until Pentecost.
I might just do that again this year. :-) Happy Easter!
- Fun secrets to (natural) Easter egg dyeing (celebrategreen.net)
- Easter Eggs Extraordinaire (while-you-were-sleeping.com)
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