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It is an ancient custom in the Orthodox Church to paint wooden eggs for Easter. Some of these eggs are painted with iconography by real iconographers. This particular piece is a painted egg dating to the early 1800s by a Greek iconographer. The image on the front depicts the resurrection of Christ and the reverse image uses the customary Easter red to depict the cross and the alpha and omega symbols.

Legend has it that Mary Magdalene used an egg to explain the resurrection of Christ. The story goes that she was critical of Pilate and was invited to a dinner with Caesar. She picked up a hen's egg from the dinner table to illustrate her point about resurrection. Caesar was unmoved and replied that there was as much chance of a human being returning to life as there was for the egg to turn red. Immediately, the egg miraculously turned red in her hand! It is because of this tradition that Orthodox Christians exchange red eggs at Easter.

Antique Greek Orthodox icon Easter egg very rare