Vintage Handpainted Easter Egg, from a Collectors estate. This piece is marked Equador. Loveingly collected on their travels around the world. England, France, Poland, Ukraine, Japan, Mexico and Ecuador.
*display stands not included, available separately
DIMENSIONS: 3" H x 1 3/4" Diameter
CIRCA: Collected in the later 20th Century 1980-1995
FACTS & HISTORY: Brightly decorated eggs, egg rolling and egg hunts have become integral to the celebration of Easter. However, the tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime predates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth.
For thousands of years, Iranians and others have decorated eggs on Nowruz, the Iranian New Year that falls on the spring equinox.
Some claim that the Easter egg has pagan roots. Before Christians celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, some argue ancient pagans in Europe observed the Spring Equinox as the return of the sun God ― a rebirth of light and an emergence from the lean winter.
For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Painting Easter eggs is an especially beloved tradition in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches where the eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross. Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal vigil and distributed to the congregants. The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ, and cracking the shell represents Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.