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Fancy Eggs: An Ancient Art



Easter time is one of decorating eggs. From colorful and intricately designed Eastern European eggs to blood red Greek Orthodox eggs, the art of egg decoration dates back to early antiquity, thousands of years ago. Extremely durable and larger in size, African ostrich eggs were popular among artists who created images and motifs by carving. Hen eggs and replica stone eggs have been located in Roman tombs. Decorated in black figures, these Ancient Greek pottery-imitation ostrich eggs date back to the early 5th century BC and are on display at the Kerameikos Archeological Museum.


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WORDS: Portes Magazine

PHOTOS: Giovanni Dall'Orto

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*Portes Magazine is a digital & print publication celebrating Greece. It is a collection of words & images highlighting select destinations, tastes, art, history, design, ecology & more. The publication features interviews with inspirational people. Proceeds from subscriptions benefit merit scholarships & cultural projects.