POTSDAM - The Potsdam Public Museum is very pleased to announce that Radmila Zuman of Potsdam has generously lent quite a few beautiful, decorated Easter Eggs from Eastern Europe from her personal collection. These very colorful eggs have been placed in the museums recently opened Easter Postcard exhibit
Eggs have been the symbol of spring since Pagan times and were later viewed in Christian times as a symbol of life, fertility, resurrection and the return of bright, sunny days.
Blown-out eggs were decorated in festive, beautiful traditional patterns to be kept for good luck; young girls would give them as gifts to their lovers, and would be treasured for years. Colors had specific meanings in Eastern Europe, as follows: white - purity; black - remembrance; blue - good health; red - life, love, & resurrection; yellow - spirituality; orange - pleasing attraction; purple - power; and green - prosperity. Examples are shown in the enclosed attachment.
Various patterns on the eggs indicated different symbolism, all of which are explained in the new exhibition, which runs from now through June 1st.
The Potsdam Public Museum, 2 Park St., Potsdam Civic Center, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; a $1 donation is suggested.