Posted 5 years ago
This Easter, I had the pleasure of presenting this beautiful old egg to my noble Dentist and his noble wife, in thanksgiving for their generosity in offering to attend me after hours during my root canal 'adventure'. My Dentist said, 'Call me if you have pain - it doesn't matter if it's midnight, we'll be there.' I didn't call after hours, but the knowledge that I could was a potent balm....
There is a bit of mystery about this egg, and we should like your assistance in resolving it. I purchased this old egg as some time ago from a London dealer. Dealer thought that it was probably Greek, but I think that it is perhaps Romanian.
Subject matter is “Christ is Risen”. The message is rendered in what I think is Romanian at the top, and English at the bottom – ‘Hristos a înviat!’ (with “a” flaked away, I think), and ‘Christ is Risen!’ The artist pays tribute to traditional icon standards, but paints with a powerful individuality. The geometric design on the reverse of egg is unique in my personal experience. Paint on wooden egg is unstable; frontal image has sustained damage, though it is very substantially intact. Dimensions: 3 and 7/16 inches long, 2 and 1/8 inches wide. This egg is exceptionally beautiful; I am a very poor photographer.
Has anyone seen a similar egg? Can anyone confirm that this is Romanian - or, other? Does anyone recognize the pattern on the reverse of the egg? Any comments would be greatly appreciated. We are all eager to learn more about this egg.
Many thanks to you for your kind attention and assistance! Regards, miKKo