About the egg art

The egg has accompanied mankind since ancient times, symbolizing the beginning of the universe, the sun, the earth, fertility, immortality and the return of spring. Many cultures have created their own myths or legends associated with the egg as the beginning of the world, or a symbol of rebirth.

The egg was also a decorative element. The tradition of painting eggs began in Sumerian Mesopotamia and spread in ancient times throughout the Mediterranean. The oldest surviving example of a decorated egg is over 5000 years old and comes from an area of Mesopotamia. There are many others from later periods from Egypt, Persia and Rome. With the arrival of spring an ancient Chinese custom was to give colourful painted eggs, whose shells were covered with intricate miniatures depicting cherry blossom, chrysanthemums or birds. In ancient Egypt themed decorative eggs depicted scarabs with two human figures. In Cairo, the eggs shows images of famous men. In Sudan, they bore quotes from the Koran. Australian Aborigines carved ostrich eggs, treating them as sacred. However, the European custom of decorating eggs was probably brought to us by the Persians. 

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