is the origin
of the Easter Egg?
First Imperial Faberge Egg - 1885
earliest times, and in most cultures, the egg signified rebirth and resurrection.
The Egyptians buried eggs in their tombs. The Greeks placed eggs atop graves.
Given as gifts by the ancient Greeks, Persians, and Chinese at their spring festivals,
the egg also appears in pagan mythology, where we read of the Sun-Bird being hatched
from the "World Egg". The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring
with a festival
commemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime
"Eastre" through her earthly symbol, the rabbit.
were wrapped with gilt or gold leaf, while peasants often dyed their eggs. The
tinting was achieved by boiling the eggs with certain flowers, leaves, log wood
the cochineal insect. Spinach leaves or anemone petals were considered
best for green; the
bristly gorse blossom for yellow; and log wood for rich
purple and the cochineal for scarlet.
parts of Germany during the early 1880s, Easter eggs substituted for birth certificates.
An egg was dyed a solid color, then a design, which included the recipients
and birth date, was etched into the shell with a needle or sharp tool.
eggs were honored in law courts as evidence of identity and age.
and coloring eggs for Easter was the custom in England during the middle
The household accounts of Edward I, for the year 1290, recorded an expenditure
eighteen pence for four hundred and fifty eggs to be gold-leafed and colored
for Easter gifts.
most valuable eggs were hand crafted in the 1880s. Made by the great
Peter Carl Fabergé , they were commissioned by Czar Alexander III of
Russia as gifts for his wife, Czarina Maria Feodorovna. The first Fabergé
in 1886, measured two and a half inches long and had a deceptively
Inside the white enamel shell, though, was a golden yolk,
which when opened
revealed a gold hen with ruby eyes. The hen itself could
be opened, by lifting
the beak, to expose a tiny diamond replica of the imperial
of the Fabergé Family
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