or, what are known as the Faberge’s Eggs. I have always been fascinated by Russian art, and am currently reading this interesting book entitling “Faberge’s Eggs – The extraordinray story of the masterpieces that outlived an empire” by Toby Faber. Since I don’t have a Faberge’s Egg in my possession, I can only show you the book with a few “common” things I have that are Russian (*sigh* – life is hard, haha!):
I love the story of the very first of the Imperial Faberge’s Eggs, known as the Hen Egg (excerpted from book):
“… Czar Alexander III… gave his beloved czarina, the popular Marie Fedorovna, an apparently unexciting white enameled egg. About two and a half inches high, it had the size and appearance of a large duck egg, but with a gold band around its middle. Only when the empress opened the czar’s present did it reveal its true nature: like an elaborate matryoshka doll it contained a perfect yolk, made of gold; within that was a golden hen, sitting on a nest of golden straw; and inside the hen was a diamond miniature of the imperial crown, concealing a tiny ruby pendant…”
I have enjoyed the book so far. Woven into the tale is also the history of the Romanov Dynasty in the 19th century – a refresher course for me since it’s been a while since I was in Russian History. Have a splendid day, everyone!