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Egg Dance

Photo credit: The New Art Gallery Walsall

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An egg dance is an ancient, traditional Easter game in which eggs are laid on the ground and people dance around them. The goal is to dance among them damaging as few as possible.

The egg was traditionally a symbol of rebirth in Pagan celebrations of Spring. It was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the rebirth of man at Easter. Performers would dance, blindfolded, to popular tunes such as 'The Hornpipe' with complex footwork which forced the dancer to pass backwards and forwards between the eggs at great speed.

The New Art Gallery Walsall

Walsall


Date

1903

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 171.5 x W 105 cm

Accession number

P33/76

Acquisition method

gift from J. E. Guest, 1976

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

John Collier 1903


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