The endpapers of Binyashevsky’s book were not merely decorative, they showed the actual appearance of the pysanky he had illustrated with watercolors within the book. While drawings are nice, they are two dimensional representations of a three dimensional object, and are often “prettified” and straightened up by the illustrator.  For ethnographers, the actual object and its appearance are much more valuable than an artist’s representation of it.

Some of the pysanky on these endpapers are also represented in Binyashevsky’s illustrations; many others are not, but are still lovely examples of traditional Ukrainian pysanky.

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