A 500-year-old Easter egg was found during excavations in Lviv, the press service of the Rescue Archaeological Service of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine has reported.
According to the report, the pysanka (a Ukrainian ornate Easter egg) was found in a water collector dated to the 15th-16th centuries, on Shevska Street in the central part of the city at a depth of 5.5 meters.
This is the oldest Easter egg found by Lviv archaeologists to date.
“Previously, Kyivan Rus pysankas dated to the 12th-13th centuries were found in Zhydachiv, Lviv region, and Khrinnyky in Volyn region, but these were ceramic eggs. This one is made on an egg shell, most likely from a goose egg. And it is very well preserved, almost 90 percent,” a junior research officer of the Rescue Archaeological Service, Ostap Lazurko, said.
Ah yes, the old Jewish tradition of sucking eggs… 😂👏 But seriously, did you know Jews around the world hollowed and decorated eggs for holidays and celebrations? 💃🎉💖 It was even traditional to combine it with calligraphy and cover an egg in miniature Hebrew script. In honour of this Shabbat when we read Song of Songs, here’s my first (but not last) try at calligraphed eggs: chapter 1 of Song of Songs. Yes, it’s dyed with henna! And yes, those are chickens in the background! 😂🐓🍳💕 Shabbat shalom!
Really tempted to do this for Easter. My grandpa was Czech and gave each of the grandchildren a pysanky egg shortly before he died so they have always been a bit special to me. Of course mine would not look nearly as good or intricate but it might be nice to start a new tradition.