Display

 

Pysanky are beautiful, and of course people want to show them off. How should one display them?  There are many ways, but remember to keep them out of direct sunlight, or they will fade.

Traditionally, pysanky were talismanic objects, not objects of art.  They were usually kept in a bowl in the pokuttia, the corner of the house where the icons were kept. Some were placed in the barn, in the fields, in the beehives to ensure fertility. 

But there were other traditional ways of storing/displaying pysanky, two of which are pictured above.  The best known is hangin them as birds.  Shukhevych wrote about this in “Hutsulshchyna”: people would attach paper wings and a paper tail to a pysanka, and a wax head.  This bird would then be hung in the pokuttia near the icons.

Another “traditional” method, albeit a more recent one, is making a “namysto (string of beads)” out of blown out pysanky.  They are strung on a sting, and then hung in the house.  I have seen a few references to this being a Hutsul custom, and have seen examples in museum displays n Ukraine.  Since pysanky were not emptied in earlier times, one must assume this is not a tradition which goes back very far.  


Bowls These are one of the more common ways of displaying pysanky–put a bunch in a bowl, and leave them out for all to see and enjoy.



Baskets



Plates

Egg cups

Egg stands

Hanging

Glass vases


Display cases



A collection of pysanky created by Orest Lechnowsky and his family,

displayed in a golf ball display case with a glass door


China cabinets







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