Set of six red sorbian easter eggs

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The Sorbs are a West Slavic ethnic group that lives in Lusatia in eastern Germany. They are known to live and preserve their ancient traditions, especially for Easter and its most beautiful object – the Easter egg. Eggs are considered symbols of fertility and origin of all life, and they are a sign of Christian faith. Since centuries there are different techniques for the decoration of the famous sorbian easter eggs. Decorated with the wax reserve technique the eggs look like finely crafted ikat-textiles from India and Indonesia. In this technique, which has spread to the Lusatian Sorbs in the 16th and 17th centuries, the egg is dipped into different colour baths similar to batik, after the motifs have been applied with a needle or with small stamps with liquid wax. At the end, the wax on the egg is melted in the oven and rubbed off with a cloth. Only then can you see the whole pattern splendour. The meaning of the motives is a mixture of religion and folk belief. The thematic complexes revolve around the cycle of life and nature. The motifs are awarded magical effects, they can protect the recipient from harm and bring prosperity. Omnipresent is the small triangle, also called wolf’s tooth, which stands for the trinity and for the family with father, mother and child. Most of the time, the motifs run in rows completely around the egg, only when they are closed, they offer the hoped-for protection. The patterns were created according to the principles of symmetry, balance and repetition in simple and rhythmic order. Roughly speaking, there is a harmonious order on the egg. Quite contrary to the motto attributed to Mies van der Rohe, that symmetry is the aesthetic of the foolish.

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