Easter Egg

Maria V. Semenova (Russian, active 1896-1905)1899-1908

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

The egg twists to open horizontally. On the exterior of the upper half of the shell, in foiled red enamel, are the widely spaced letters KhV for Khristos voskvese (Christ is risen). Flowers and tendrils in green, pink, red, and blue are enameled over a cream ground. The blossoms' anthers are accentuated by raised pellets. Large floral rosettes appear at both ends of the egg.

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  • Title: Easter Egg
  • Creator: Maria V. Semenova (Russian, active 1896-1905)
  • Date Created: 1899-1908
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Maria V. Semenova (Russian, active 1896-1905)
  • Provenance: Sale, A la Vieille Russie; purchased by Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C., June 10, 1977; by bequest Walters Art Museum, 2010.
  • Object Type: eggs
  • Medium: silver gilding, painted and filigree enamel
  • Inscriptions: [Mark] On rim in Cyrillic: MS; [Mark] Inside shell in Cyrillic: MS, kokohnik left, 84, IL; [Translation] Ivan Lebedkin, Moscow assay master
  • Dimensions: H: 3 1/16 x Diam: 2 5/16 in. (7.8 x 5.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.821