Jan 9, 2020
Jan 9, 2020
Jan 9, 2020



before 1896

Part of a set. See all set records

made by

Alexander Edward Tillander

(Russian, 1837–1918)

Gold, enamel, sapphire, gold easel and stand, photograph covered with faceted green glass

Diameter: 5.6 x 3.9 cm (2 3/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.435.a



In the Russian Orthodox religious tradition, eggs are offered as Easter gifts to symbolize rebirth, renewal, and the resurrection of Christ. This jeweled Russian egg is engraved with XB symbolizing the phrase, “Christ is risen,” and would have been given to a lady in a wealthy household, perhaps someone of high rank within the imperial court, given the richness of materials.

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